Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva at city of Thrissur, of Kerala state in India. This temple is a classic example of the architectural style of Kerala and has monumental towers on all four sides and also a koothambalam. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple.The shrines and the koothambalam display vignettes carved in wood. According to popular local lore, this is the first temple built by Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Thekkinkadu maidanam, encircling the Vadakkunnathan Temple, is the main venue of the Thrissur Pooram. Vadakkunnathan temple is situated at 30KM away from Guruvayur temple. From Vadakkumnathan by Taxi it takes one hour to Guruvayur.
Athirappilly Falls, is situated in Athirappilly Panchayat, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur District of Kerala, India on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges.It is the largest waterfall in Kerala, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirappilly to the Vazhachal falls, which is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna (collection of plant and animal specifies in a given geographic location). From Athirappilly Falls by Taxi it takes Two hours to Guruvayur.
Punnathur kotta was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has been renamed Anakkotta (meaning "Elephant Fort"). The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa. Punnathur kotta is situated at 3 KM away from Guruvayur temple. From Punnathur kotta by Taxi it takes Ten Minutes to Guruvayur.
The stunning Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach is located about 25 km or 1 hour ride from Thrissur and is loved for its natural ambiance and wonderful visuals of the coast. It is one of the best maintained beaches in Kerala. The sunsets are especially lovely and people flock here in large numbers to enjoy the view. Children throng to the nearby park and occasionally there are musical performances at the nearby stage. It has a welcoming vibe at all times and is a highly recommended tourist spot in the area. Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach is situated at 23 KM away from Guruvayur temple. From Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach by Taxi it takes One hour to Guruvayur.
Koodalmanikyam is the Malayalam translation of the Sanskrit word Sangameswara. There is, however, another folklore about the name. One day the idol was found to give out uncommon brightness from its forehead. Being unable to identify the source of the brightness, some brought a Quartz (Manikyam) in the possession of Raja of Kayamkulam for comparison. As they were comparing the brightness of the two, it is said the stone brought from Kayamkulam mysteriously slipped from the hand and merged with the one on the idol. The merging of the two manikyams led to the name 'Koodalmanikyam'. Similar brightness is reported to have appeared on the idol once again, much later in 1907. From Koodalmanikyam Temple by Taxi it takes One hour to Guruvayur.