The hilly town of Thiruvambadi is a suburb of the Kozhikode district of Kerala state, India. It is located at a distance of 43 kilometers from Calicut. This town was established during the British rule, as it belonged to the East India Company. Thiruvambadi village is situated on the banks of the river Iruvanjippuzha, a tributary of the River Chaliyar. Thiruvambadi is graced by the nature with beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. Agriculture is the main occupation of the natives of this town. The main cash crops of the region are rubber, coconut, arecanut, paddy, ginger, turmeric and pepper. The other name for Thiruvambadi is Malayoram as it is located at the foothills of these hills.
The major attractions surrounding the area are Thusharagiri waterfalls, Arippara waterfalls, Urumi Hydro Electric Dam Set, Kozhippara waterfalls, Vellarimala and Poovaranthodu.
Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple
This temple is located in the Temple city Thrissur. The main deity of the temple is Lord Krishna (as the name suggests). One can witness the ‘Vaakacharthu’ of Lord Krishna which is a holy oil bath, at 5 a.m. at the temple. The temple owns 6 elephants that have been given to the temple in the form of offering to the Lord by his sincere devotees. This temple is one of the two rival groups participating in the biggest local festival in Kerala, ‘Thrissur Pooram’.
They are located at a distance of 11 kilometers from the Kodencheri valley. Tusharagiri means a snow-capped mountain, as the waterfall creates a snowy spray during its descent. Trekking and rock-climbing are undertaken by the tourists visiting these waterfalls. It is a 5 kilometer trek up to the origin of the falls. Two streams beginning from the Western Ghats meet at these falls to form the River Challipuzha. Challipuzha descends from these rocks to create 3 sub-falls. Thenpara is the highest of the 3 waterfalls created by the river. Tusharagiri Falls are at their prime in the months of September to November.
It is also popularly known as the Camel’s Hump Mountains. It is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. The gushing waterfalls and the evergreen landscape are ideal for a trekking trip. The trek to Vellari Mala begins from Muthappanpuzha which is 50 kilometers from Thamarassery. It takes a whole day to climb up to the top of the peak and hence, camping at the top becomes mandatory for the trekkers! On the way to Vellari Mala Peak, another attraction encounters the trekker, which is a stream of frothing water named Olichuchattam.
It is a major tourist spot in Anakkampoyil, which is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Thiruvambadi. The waterfall is created by a tributary of the River Iruvanjippuzha.
Thiruvambadi has a diverse culture and all the religions co-exist in this village. Malayalam and English are the most conversed languages of the natives. Thiruvambadi is well-known for its care towards the elephants. The Malayalam action thriller of 2012 ‘Thiruvambadi Thamban’ is based and filmed in this town.