Thrissur has plenty of competitively priced mid-scale hotels, but only a couple of decent budget places- the best of them the splendid Ramanilayam Government Guesthouse. Almost everywhere follows a 24hr checkout policy. If you're planning to be here during Pooram, book well in advance and bear in mind that room rates soar-some of the more upmarket hotels, and those overlooking the Round, charge up to ten times their usual prices.
Thrissur is not one of Kerala's top tourist destinations, so the variety of tourist accommodation isn't (as yet, at least) particularly enticing. The city, however, has a decent selection of middle-rung hotels, which are invariably comfortable and clean.
For those looking for slightly more upmarket accommodation, it is better to opt for one of the resorts near Thrissur. Nearby Cheruthuruty, for instance, has couple of pleasant resorts that have a wide range of amenities, including yoga and ayurvedic massages.
Best value among the business oriented three-stars in the bus stand district, in a spanking new, glass-sided tower block with spacious, impeccably clean rooms.
Sprawling three star near the railway station that was the poshest place in town when it was built in town in the 1980's, but now a bit frayed around the edges. Rooms in the original ("standard") block is best avoided, but the newly furnished "executive" ones are good value; those on the "privilege" floor even more plush. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant, cocktail bar, lawn and kiddies'park, foreign exchange-but no pool.
An a/c business hotel close the bus stand-the best fallback if nearby Ashoka is full.
Pronounced "Ee-light", this massive gun-metal grey tower block in the centre of town has rooms opening onto corridors, some with balconies overlooking the green. They're huge for the price, but not stylish.
Run with great efficiency by the venerable Mr Venugopal, the Gurukripa, just off Round South, offers a variety of simple en-suite rooms (including several great-value singles) ranged around a long inner courtyard. Some a/c.
Opened in 2007, this is the nearest thing central Thrissur has to a five-star. Two kinds of room on offer: the "executives" have twin beds; and the "deluxe" have doubles and bathtubs. The views from the upper floors are fantastic.
The rooms are not too over the top, are quite comfy and have big windows to enjoy the upper floor's sweeping views. There is a 2nd-floor restaurant with an outdoor balcony.
An impeccably restored heritage bungalow, cowering amid the high-rise tower blocks in the heart of the town, only a stones's throw from Round South. Filled with dark wood and antique tiles, the interiors are light, wellaired, cool and amazingly peaceful considering the location.
The master bedroom on the first floor has a gigantic bathroom. There is also a covered veranda upstairs with a hug chess set where you can lounge in the evenings.
An uninspring mid-range option, though well maintained, efficiently run and decent value, and with a secluded rear garden. Don't be fooled by the large forecourt, which gives the impression it is much grander than it actually is.
In a cream, colonial themed building, this is one of the few places in town that has some character. Hotel has comfortable and spacious rooms.
Budget place on the Round holding only twenty rooms, all with larger than average bathrooms and generous outside sitting space. The deluxe rooms are worn, but the a/c ones are smarter, bigger, better kept and afford grandstand views over the Round. Minimum two-night stay during Pooram, when prices rise tenfold (though you're allowed to cram four people in for the price).
With no-frills rooms at no- frills prices, this is probably the best budget value in town. The basic and clean rooms are on the 5th and 6th floors.
Ramanilayam Government Guesthouse
Star-hotel comfort at economy lodge rates, in palatial suites in manicured gardens on the northeast side of town near the zoo and museum. As with all Government Guesthouses, officials get priority (even the last minute), which can make a mockery of advanced bookings.
Women-only hostel opposite the town zoo and museum, popular mainly with long-staying students. It is clean en-suite doubles (non-a/c) are a bargain.
Nattika beach resort
A handful of luxury resorts look like to alter the complexion of the Nattika village over the coming years. The largest, and newest, of the complexes is the Nattika Beach Resort, a campus widely spaced laterite cottages, each fronted by a broad veranda. Spread across a huge plot right behind the beach, the attractively furnished rooms come in three different sizes.
Thalikulam beach resort
Next door, the much shabbier Thalikulam enjoy's a comparable beachside position, but is altogether less enticing.
Kadappuram beach resort
Finally, a five minute walk south lies the Kadapuram, an eco-friendly, Green Leaf ayurveda resort popular mainlya with German tourists. Its ten bamboo-and-coconut-leaf cottages sit under a shady palm grove crisscrossed by narrow tidal canals. The beach is only 200m away.
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