Guruvayoor is a very well-known pilgrimage town in Kerala. It is known for the famous Guruvayoor Temple, also known as Sr Krishna Temple. The is very small and can be accessed on foot itself. This holy town is available on our Kerala Tours. Read more...
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Know before you plan your Guruvayoor Tour
Legend has it that Lord Krishna used to worship Lord Vishnu’s idol at Dwaraka. But, Lord Krishna knew that Dwaraka would submerge underwater. So, he instructed Deva Guru Brihaspathi and Vayu Deva to take the idol and look for another place. Apparently, they reached Guruvayoor. But there was a Shiva Idol being worshipped here. Lord Shiva came to know about this and he moved his idol to another location and let Lord Vishnu’s idol be placed at Guruvayoor.
There are a lot of other temples here too. Our Guruvayoor Pilgrimage Packages provide the best pilgrimages to Guruvayoor. The city is primarily structured around the temple, as the temple is the main commercial centre.
How to reach Guruvayoor?
Guruvayoor is a small town in Kerala. It can be accessed directly by road and by train. But it doesn't have its a railway station.
The closest airport to Guruvayoor is the Cochin International Airport (COK), which is around 90 km from Guruvayoor. Calicut International Airport is around 110 km from Guruvayoor. All domestic and international flights can be availed on our Guruvayoor Package. Why Air? - Air Transport is the fastest way to reach Guruvayoor.
Guruvayoor has its own railway station operated by the Southern Railway Zone. Overnight train to Chennai via Trivandrum is also available. Why Train? - Train journeys are an experience themselves.
Guruvayoor can be accessed via NH 66 from Kochi. There are also many local KSRTC buses that have access to Guruvayoor. Why Road? - The road to Guruvayoor from neighbouring states is spectacular.
Best time to visit Guruvayoor
Tourists generally plan a trip to Guruvayur to explore its temples and for a pilgrimage visit. Winters are the best time to book a Guruvayur Trip as the weather will be chilly. The peak season is the time when most of the tourists flock to Guruvayur. Our Guruvayur Tours are specially created to provide you with the best Guruvayur Holiday.
The summer season will be hot and humid in Guruvayur. But for people looking for fewer crowds in temples, then summer will be an excellent time to book a Cheap Guruvayur Package or our any other Kerala Holidays.
Guruvayoor is a small town. It is mainly famous for its temples. This includes the must-visit places, food to try out and the festivals celebrated here.
Must-Visit places in Guruvayoor
Our Guruvayur Packages include some of the must-visit and top sightseeing places in Guruvayur.
Sree Krishna Temple
This temple is the main reason for people to start recognising Guruvayur. This temple has a deep history to it. The offerings to the Lord will be equivalent to the weight of the people offering them. Offerings maybe fruits, flowers and even coins. Other significant temples include Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruvenkatachalapaty Temple.
Punathur Elephant Palace
There are about 60 + elephants here in this palace which has large courtyards. This palace is owned by the Lord of the Guruvayur Temple. The elephants are well taken care of. These elephants are used for processions.
Institute of Mural Paintings
This is a famous institute and follows a traditional Gurukula System. They offer 5-year diploma courses for art-loving students.
This museum is home to many collections of antiques, temple materials, musical instruments, mural paintings and many more.
Things to do in Guruvayoor
Guruvayur is a heritage city. It has beautiful temples to it, mainly the Sree Krishna Temple.
Must do activities on your Guruvayoor Tour
As said above, people generally visit Guruvayur for its beautiful temples. Temples such as Guruvayur Temple are well-renowned. Only people who follow the Hindu religion are allowed to enter these Temples.
Mammiyoor Temple is another famous temple here in Guruvayur. This temple also allows only people from the Hindu religion to enter. It is said that an idol of Lord Vishnu was installed in this temple to reduce the anger of Lord Shiva.
What to eat on your Guruvayoor Tour?
There are a lot of restaurants here in Guruvayoor. The food will be amazing here. Don't miss to try the prasadam at the temples here. There are a variety of prasadams provided in the Guruvayoor Temple such as Malar(puffed rice), Neipayasam - which is a traditional prasadam in Kerala, Palapayasam - made from rice is also provided here.
Festivals to witness on your Guruvayoor Heritage Trip
This festival is held for ten days in the months of Feb-Mar. An Elephant Race is organized to mark the start of this grand festival. It is really a special event to witness on your Guruvayoor Trip.
This festival is another main festival of the temple. Guruvayur Ekadasi is held on the day of Ekadasi, during November. The temple will be lit with over 1000 lamps. A great sight indeed.
This festival is a musical feast held on the day of Ekadasi. Over 1200 musicians take part in this musical extravaganza. Other festivals celebrated in Guruvayoor include Vishu, Ashtami Rohini, Nrithaloslavam and few more.
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