Guruvayoor

The Guruvayur Temple, naturally is the main centre of attraction here. The temple can be entered from four gateways, the eastern nada being the main one. All gateways lead to the place where the idol has been enshrined. The walls are covered with innumerable delicate paintings and carvings. In addition to the main deity of Lord Krishna, the temple houses other idols of Sree Ayyappa, Ganapathy and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy.Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple.

Guruvayur is not only a sacred temple, but also an important centre of culture, where different art forms and the literature of Kerala have been developed. If you are lucky, you can catch many a weddings being performed here, or an annaprasadam, a ceremony when a small infant is fed rice for the first time.

Another place of pilgrimage to visit is Kaladi, the birthplace of Sri Adi Shankaracharya on the banks of the River Periyar. The Sringeri Math is believed to be on the spot where his original house was situated.

A km away from Guruvayur town, is the ancient church at Palayur, believed to have been set up by one of the 12 apostles, St. Thomas. If you want to relax and take a break from the temple excursion, then head to Chavakkad, 3km away with a great beach.

4km from Guruvayur is the famous Elephant sanctuary or the fort, at Punnathur Kotta, where the temple has housed as many as 40 elephants for ceremonial purposes.

General Information

Climate      : Tropical
Summer    : Feb – May (24 – 33 Deg. C)
Monsoon   : Jun – Sep (22 – 28 Deg. C)
Winter       : Oct – Jan (22 – 32 Deg. C)
Language  : Malayalam, English
Religion     : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam

Places to Visit:

Sri Krishna Temple
The Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor, 33 km north – west of Thrissur, dates from 16th century and is one of the most visited temples in Kerala

Athirapilly Water Falls
Athirappilly is famous among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy river and it is approximately 80 feet in height.

Guruvayur Elephant Race
The Gruruvayur Utsavam begins with Aanayottam, starting from Manjulal and ending at the flag staff. Religiously, Utsavam begins with the giving of koora (cloth) and pavithram (ring made of kusa grass) to the Tantri. The elephants run from Manjulal, (the banyan tree half a kilometer away from the eastern entrance to the temple) enter the temple, take 7 rounds and touch

Guruvayur Elephant Sanctuary
The Devaswom maintains a unique elephant sanctuary, the only one of its kind in the World. It has 51 elephants now. These jumbos are the offerings of the devotees to the Lord. A large number of pilgrims and tourists visit this fascinating spot every day.

Chettuva Backwater Boating
At night reflections of their little lamps cross each other drawing endless ephemeral images. A hanging bridge, floating restaurant, swimming pool, yoga centre and jogging track are at your disposal. In the evening you can row yourself in a country boat past the mangroves to the surrounding villages or with go fishing with fishing rods or try out the Chinese fishing net.

Chavakkad Beach
Chavakkad Beach is very popular tourist area and shooting location. Whole part of pilgrims of Guruvayur visits.The beaches at Chavakkad present an awesome sight. The back setters of Chettuva make an ideal place to spend some time in peace and quiet Chavakkad beach.