What to expect?
The processions and rituals of each of these ten deities follow a very strict itinerary and the tempo of the Pooram celebrations (36 hrs non-stop ) is constantly high and energetic. The Pooram officially begins with the flag hoisting event. The ceremony (Kodiyettam) begins seven days before Thrissur Pooram. All the participating temples are present for the ceremony, and there are fireworks to announce the beginning of the festival. The display usually has innovative patterns and a variety of fireworks. Then there are gorgeous elephants (more than 50) decorated with nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), strikingly crafted Kolam, decorative bells, and ornaments. Interestingly, most of the pandal works are crafted by the Muslim community and the materials for the umbrellas for the Kudamattom ceremony are offered by the churches and their members.
How to get there?
By air: Thrissur does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Kochi Airport, 56km away.
By train: You can easily get regular trains to Thrissur from other major cities of the country. The railway stations are, Thrissur (TCR), Divine Nagar (DINR) and Thrissur Punkunnam (PNQ).
By road: There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Thrissur.
Where to stay?
Hotel Trichur Towers or Niramayam Heritage Ayurveda Retreat. For more options check here.
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