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Introducing Thrissur (Trichur)

While the rest of Kerala has its fair share of celebrations, untouristy, slightly chaotic Thrissur is the cultural cherry on the festival cake. With a list of energetic festivals as long as a temple-elephant’s trunk, the region supports several institutions that nurse the dying classical Keralan performing arts back to health. Centred around a large park (known as the 'Round') and temple complex, Thrissur is home to a Nestorian Christian community whose denomination dates to the 3rd century AD. There's not much to see when there's no festivities so plan to arrive during the rambunctious festival season (November to mid-May).