Thrissur is a city situated in the central region of the state of Kerala, India. It is the headquarters of the Thrissur District. It is known as the 'Cultural Capital of Kerala'. Thrissur city is built around a beautiful hillock atop which the Vadakkumnathan temple which has Shiva as the presiding deity is built. It is the cultural and spiritual centre, offering an array of festivals, historical and natural sights as well as religious experiences. Thrissur is the fourth largest city in Kerala, and the nearest city to the international airport at Nedumbassery.
It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala. The festival is held near the Vadakkumnathan temple, in April or May. It has a large number of well-known temples which include the Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnatha temple and Paramekkavu temple, and two churches of note, the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours (Puthan Pally or New Church). It is also the venue of Pulikali during Onam celebrations in August or September. Thrissur is an important business centre in South India and also one of the leading shopping centers in Kerala for Silks and Gold ornaments.