Wadakkancherry, is a small town in Thrissur district,
Kerala. It is the Head Quarters of Talappally Taluk.
Wadakkancherry is an important cultural centre. The Kerala Kalamandalam
is located at Cheruthuruthy, not far from Wadakkancherry. This place is
home to many artistes, literary and cinema figures. Film director Bharathan,
Kathakali singer, Kalamandalam Hyder Ali, film actor Oduvil Unnikrishnan,
author of the Malayalam version of the "Panchatantram", Sumangala
are all from Wadakkancherry.
Parlikkad also hosts a major Religious congregation of Hindu bhagawatkars
during December of every year.
The Vazani Dam, approximately 8 Km from here, made entirely of mud is the
major tourist attraction near Wadakkancherry.
Wadakkancherry is situated in the heart of "pooram belt" - "pooram"s
are the annual festivals in temples of central Kerala, mostly in and around
Wadakkancherry, are well known for the fireworks extravaganzas during the
The most famous fireworks are during the festival at Sree Rudra Mahakali
(shortened to Uthrali) Kavu. This takes place in the month of February.
The pomp and gaiety of this occasion is matched only by the fireworks of
the Thrissur pooram or Nemmara Vallengi Vela.
St. Francis Xaviers Forane Church is situated here. Many Mosques are also
here. "Machad Thiruvanikavu Vela" festival also famous for its
man-made horses which takes place at Thiruvanikavu Devi temple on the second
Tuesday of Kumbha masam.
The Dhanwantari temple near Erumapetty (on Kunnamkulam - Wadakkancherry
road, approx 8 km from Wadakkancherry) is another place of religious interest.