To call Kerala a thriving and culturally enriched community would be an understatement. Where religions and cultures coexist in harmony with each other, where festivals of different faiths find secularity in celebration, Kerala has a few notable festivals adored by all around the world. From Onam to Christmas, Eid to Thrissur Pooram and from Holi to Easter, every cultural festival is a Malayali’s celebration more than a religious one.
Of the lot, one that garners the most popularity would undoubtedly be the famed Thrissur Pooram. World renowned for its fervour, pomp and grandeur, the Thrissur Pooram is celebrated every year during the Malayalam month of Medam at Thrissur district in Kerala. This festival brings the people of Kerala, especially Thrissur, together irrespective of caste, religion, creed or gender to revel in the glory of a beautiful blend of custom, festivity and celebration.
Specialties of Pooram
The history of the Pooram is one that is steeped in divinity and tradition. Started back in the year 1798 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Cochin, Sakthan Thampuran, more popularly known as Rama Varma Kunhjippilla Thampuran, the Pooram’s origin was one of happenstance. When the people of Thrissur were banned from attending the Arattupuzha festival as they could not reach on time due to an untimely storm, it was Sakthan Thampuran who conducted the first ever Thrissur Pooram by unifying the poorams of 10 odd temples situated in and around Thrissur, and the rest as we all know is history!
The Pooram is commemorated over a period of seven days, each day filled with obeisance to the deity and various rites and rituals, along with celebrations and festivity. For these seven days, the streets of Thrissur are filled with the reverberations of percussion, trumpets and bells, with people thronging in abundance in the heart of the city, amidst the Vadakkunnathan Temple, Parammekaavu Temple, Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple and the Swaraj Round.
Explore its possibilities in Tourism
Seven days of revelry and pomp attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year to the Thrissur Pooram, not just from around the country, but from the whole world as well! Taking the concept of temple tourism to a more profound level, the Pooram has left an indelible mark on the tourism map of Kerala.
How to reach there:
By Air: You can easily reach Thrissur via flight by landing at the Cochin International Airport, which is just a 50 km drive away, located in the neighbouring district of Ernakulam. The next closest airports would be Kozhikode Airport at 102 km and Coimbatore Airport at 129 km from the destination.
By Train: Thrissur is well connected by rail with the Thrissur railway station being a major point of halt for trains coming from all around India. The railway station also happens to be less than a 2 km walk/drive/auto rickshaw ride from Vadakkunnathan Temple.
By Road: You can also reach the destination by road, through privately owned motor vehicles or public transport, with regular buses plying to and from Thrissur bus stand at all hours of the day.
Where to stay
Finding a place to stay during the Thrissur Pooram may be a tough job considering the multitudes of tourists arriving in Thrissur during that time. From homestays to hotels and motels to resorts, there are many hospitality options in and around Thrissur for tourists of every budget and capacity.
However, if you are looking for a three-star stay in a budget friendly and sustainable hotel, then White Palace is the best choice for you. One of the newest entrants to the hotel and hospitality sector in Thrissur, White Palace has already established itself as one of the top eco-friendly business boutique hotels in the State.
So if you wish to experience the glory of Thrissur Pooram on your next visit to Kerala, you know where to stay! Feel free to contact us.