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Thrissur, is a colloquial name given to the ancient city of Thrissivaperror, meaning the city of Shiva. Ideally located in the central part of ĎGodís own Country, Kerela, Thrissur is truly the cultural and spiritual head of the state. It is a scenic city that is placed around a hillock, with the Vadakkumnathan temple in its center.
Thrissur was a very important city in the history of South India. The city has witnessed the rise and fall of many kingdoms in Kerala. Perumpadappu Swaroopam, Zamorins of Calicut, Portuguese invasion and later British Kingdom, all of whom played a major role in the history of Thrissur
The name of Thrissur is further immortalized because it is the seat of the celebration of the most spectacular and colorful temple festival of India, the Thrissur Pooram. It is also the hub of Onam celebrations, and the custom of Pulikali during the Onam period is observed in this particular city.
The city hosts thousands of tourists from India as well as abroad who visit the place just to savour the relics of its rich culture and heritage. The religious and spiritual attractions, the natural scenic locations and the amusement packed theme parks entice wander thirsty travelers from all around the world. Hence, tourism is the primier pillar of economy in this city. The headquarters of Kerela Sangeethe Nataka Akademi and Kerela Lalithakala Akademi are also located in Thrissur.