Vadakkunnathan Temple

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Vadakkunnathan Temple


  • Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in the city of Thrissur, Kerala
  • It is estimated to be over 1,300 years old and was founded by Lord Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism
  • The temple is an example of classic Keralan style architecture
  • Located in Thissur, the name Thrissur is derived from 'Thiru-Shiva-Peroor', which translates ‘The city of the sacred Shiva’
  • Today, the temple has become a popular tourist destination
  • The temple is the location of the world famous Pooram Festival celebrated annually in between April-May
  • It was listed as a National Monument by India under the AMASR Act

How to get there

  • From Cochin International Airport (COK) a trip to Vadakkunnathan Temple by train will take just under an hour and a half
  • All trains to Kerala go via Thrissur Railway station, which is the closest station

Explore Kerala

  • Kerala is an Indian state in Southern India on the Malabar Coast
  • It has a unique and stunning geographical location – along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean on the west and the Western Ghats on the east
  • Kerala is also known as the Spice Coast of India; it also exports coconuts, tea, coffee and cashew nuts
  • The state has become a popular tourist destination in India
  • A number of attractions to enjoy such as backwaters, exotic wildlife and waterfalls
  • As well as a number of historic and cultural monuments, Kerala is known for its exotic cuisine



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