Uthralikavu Pooram is the main festival celebrated in Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Wadakanchery, Thrissur District. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.The pooram is held during the month of February. The procession of the caparisoned elephants, during the day and night, accompanied by the resounding Panchavadyam and the Pandimelam is awe-inspiring. There are colorful events along with rituals and folk art performances in the evenings. The glow of the traditional temple lamps provides an eye-catching view. The festivities end with the spectacular all-night pooram pageant on the last day, the highlight of the festival.

Sree Ruthira Mahakaalikavu Temple is dedicated to goddess Kali. The annual festival here is the most famous event in the region and is called the Uthralikavu Pooram. The eightday celebration is highlighted by elephant processions by day and night. The concluding day of the festival is celebrated as Pooram day, when twentyone elephants in traditional caparisons line up in the maidan (grounds) with mahouts sitting atop them holding colourful parasols and swaying white tufts and peacock feather fans.

Traditional musical ensembles like Panchavadyam, Pandimelam etc. add rhythm to this enchanting spectacle. The allnight Pooram is conducted in the glow of the traditional temple torches called Theevatti , which heightens its ethereal aura. The cultural fare during the festival includes temple and folk art performances.

Uthralikavu Pooram is famous for is its unique Fireworks, Panchavadyam and pageantry of Elephants, apart from many other events of attraction.The Nadapura Panchavadyan at Wadakanchery Siva temple is considered to be second best panchavadyan events among kerala festivals; the first being the famous Madathil varavu of Trichur pooram. Similarly, the fireworks at Uthralikavu Pooram is very much popular for its uniqueness. People from far off places come exclusively to enjoy it.

The pooram Ezhunallippu to Uthralikkavu from Lord Siva temple Wadakanchery has a historical background too. In earlier days theMaharaja of Kochi used to attend the festival along with the Ezhunallipu of Wadakanchery desam. During that two armed policemen used to escort the elephant carrying the Kolam of Devi. Though the dynasty of Maharajas ended half a centaury back, the tradition of armed policemen following the Ezhunallippu still continues.

Pooram may appear to an onlooker as a seasonal festival , a day of joy and merry making. But for a Wadakancherian it is a day of great meaning and purpose, a day of importance and significance, and a day of great many things for which he has been anxiously looking forward. In fact he feels on top of the world and his earthly Wadakanchery excels paradise if there is one.

The temple of Kali sitting under a Poovam tree is situated among paddy fields on the Thrissur - Shornur highway 2 kms. away from Wadakanchery town, becomes the focal point of attraction. The three desams surrounding the temple, viz. Wadakanchery, Enkakad and Kumaranellur participate in the pooram in competitive spirit and try to excel each other in the number of Elephants, in panchavadhyam and chendamelam, in putting up huge arches and gopurams specially for the festival, in the fireworks etc.

Getting there
Parithipra is just 2 km from Vadakkancherry on the way to Shornur.
Nearest railway station: Vadakkancherry.
Nearest airport: Kochi international airport, about 52 km from Thrissur town.

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Address:Sree Ruthira Mahakaalikavu (Uthralikavu) Temple, Parithipra, 2 km from Vadakancherry, Thrissur district, North Kerala. 
District: Thrissur District
Nearest City: Wadakanchery
Best time to visit: February/March


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Vadakkumnathan Temple
This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architectrue. The temple contains the sacred shrines of Paramashiva, Parvathy, Sankaranarayana, Ganapathy, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. The central shrines and Koothambalam exhibit exquisite vignettes carved in wood. Legend goes that this temple was founded by Parasurama. ' Thrissur Pooram ' the grandest temple pageantry in Kerala, is celebrated here in April -May every year.

Art Museum
Within the zoo compound is the small Art Museum which has a good collection of wood carvings metal sculptures, Kathakali figures, and ancient jewellery. There is also a wonderful collection of traditional Kerala lamps.

The Church of Our Lady of Dolors
The Church of Our Lady of Dolors, Thrissur is also known as the New Church and is the biggest church in South Asia.

Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam, 23km fromThrissur is an irrigation project site which offers boating facilities at the reservoir. If you are lucky, you might even spot a wild tusker or two on the forested banks, which form part of the 125 sq. km Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Archeological & Art Museum at Thrissur
The Archeological & Art Museum at Thrissur is a depository of graceful stone sculptures, antique jewelry and intricately carved wooden handicrafts.

Thrissur Zoo
Thrissur Zoo houses a number of wildlife animals and attracts locals and tourists alike.

Punnathur Kotta
Near Guruvayur, 2km away, is 'Punnathur Kotta', the place where the temple elephants (numbering over 40) are taken care of. Nowhere else can so many elephants be seen at any one time.

The Shakthan Thampuran Palace
The Shakthan Thampuran Palace, also known as Vadakkekara Palace was constructed by the great ruler of Cochin, Shakthan Thampuran and rebuilt in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran. The style of architecture bears considerable Dutch influences.

Anakkayam is roughly 20 kms from Chalakudy on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route, famous for its lake with cool and placid waters. The place got its name from a herd of elephants which used to visit the place quite often and the legend goes that the place got its name because some elephants had been drowned in this lake.

Cheruthuruthy (Kerala Kalamandalam)
North of Thrissur, 29km away near the Shoranur Railway Junction is Cheruthuruthy, home of the renowned repository of the tradition of the Kathakali dance form.

Kerala Sahitya Academy
Kerala Sahitya Academy in collaboration with the Kendriya Sahitya Academy in New Delhi aims at encouraging Malayalam language and promoting its literature especially to the younger generations.

Guruvayur (Pilgrim Centre)
Thrissur is a good base for a pilgrim tripto Guruvayur, 32km away. It is among India'smost important pilgrimage centres and is also known as the Dwaraka of the South. The Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, which attracts thousands of pilgrims is said to date prior to the 16th centrury. Tradition has it that the temple was created by Guru - the preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu - the lord of the Winds.

Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy (1962) was established in an attempt to promote the performing and fine arts of the state which had fallen into a decline.

Vilangan Kunnu
Vilangan Kunnu in Thrissur is a recreational center and a picnic spot where various amusement devices for children have been constructed.

Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy
Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur was established to promote dance, theater and music in Kerala. Thanks to its efforts Thrissur can now boast of a theatre with all modern amenities.

Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls
East of Chalakudy, near the entrance to the Sholayar forest ranges, are the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal, 5 km apart. These waterfalls are a place of scenic beauty , and is of 80 feet high.

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