Misty mountains, evergreen rain forests, waterfalls and gurgling streams, green paddy fields, palm fringed backwaters and scenic beaches make Kerala, the southernmost state of India, one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. With the highest Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI) and life expectancy and lowest infant mortality rate, it is indeed 'God's Own Country' as it is popularly known. The central region of Kerala, with the district head quarters of Thrissur at its hub, has many places of scenic, cultural, archaeological and historical importance. Thrissur, known as the cultural capital of Kerala, is just 18 Kms from Deliza Residency. The Academy of Fine Arts of Kerala, the Academy of Music and Drama of Kerala and the Academy of Literature of Kerala all have their head quarters at Thrissur. An archaeological museum, an art museum, a zoo and an aquarium attract people from far and wide. Ancient Temples, historical Churches and Mosques, traditional festivals and colourful folk arts make Thrissur and the surrounding areas the Mecca of cultural tourism..
Vazhani Dam is a clay dam built across the Wadakkancherry river near Wadakkancherry in Thrissur district of Kerala.A four kilometre drive from Deliza Residency along the Vazhani road will take you to the picturesque Vazhani Dam built on the emerald hills. The placid lake and the well maintained garden are major tourist attractions. Occasional sightings of wildlife and rare botanical specimens make this place a serious consideration for tourists with academic interests also.
Kerala Kala Mandalam, situated formerly at Cheruthuruthy and now with an extension at Vallathol Nagar in its vicinity, is near Shornur which is just 10 Kms drive from Deliza Residency. It is the premier Centre of education and training in Indian performing arts founded by Malayalam Poet Laureate (Mahaakavi) Vallathol Narayana Menon in 1930. The traditions that developed in the State of Kerala in classical and folk dance forms and performing arts, through the centuries, especially those connected with the temples of Kerala.
Considered the most spectacular festival on the planet, Thrissur pooram is a unique social event that attracts thousands of tourists and over a million local people to the Thekkinkadu grounds in the centre of Thrissur Corporation. It was the former king of the Cochin State, Maharaja Rama Varma (Sakthan Thamburan 1751-1805), who ordered the pooram to be celebrated in the present form. It falls on the Pooram aster of the month of Medam (Mesha) of the Malayalam calendar corresponding to April-May.
Just two hundred meters from Deliza residency is the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali (Durga). The eight day long festival, usually falling in February, is one of the most important local festivals in central Kerala. In rhythm with the traditional orchestrations of panchavadyam and pandimelam, the caparisoned elephants in ornamented accoutrements and headwear (Nettippattam) of plated gold with riders keeping aloft silken mega parasols, snow white venchamarams and alavattoms move in line on the temple grounds. Ritual folk art performances like theyyam, poothan, etc., performed by the erstwhile untouched castes, go on till dawn.