Guruvayur is located at a distance of 95 km from Kochi (Cochin). Counted among one of the major pilgrimage centres of South India, Guruvayur is well connected to Kochi (Cochin) by road.
The best way to reach Guruvayur from Kochi (Cochin) is by road, which takes around 1 hour 50 minutes by car. The places covered during the journey from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur are Kochi (Cochin) - 33 km -> Paravoor - 60 km -> Muthuvattoor - 2 km -> Guruvayur.
Several ATMs, hospitals and petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum are available on the way at regular intervals. There are also several rest stops and restaurants present on the route including Sarovaram Restaurant and Nethaji Restaurant. Most of these restaurants serve South Indian cuisine.
Transport options from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur
Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Guruvayur, which takes around 1 hour 50 minutes. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 10 to 16.50, depending upon the type of vehicle. Travelling by a cab is ideal for families with senior citizens and kids or while in a group.
Travel by car was comfortable, although it was raining during June. The roads are not very safe, especially in Kerala as the drivers are very rash and erratic. My advice to travellers is to take daily train to Gurvayoor from either Cochin or from Aluva, the next station from Cochin.
Since Kochi is my home town the drive experience was my usual day to day experience. Usually the Edapally Panvel road is the best road to reach Guruvayoor. While travelling through Edapally junction you must try to drop in at Lulu shopping mall, the biggest shopping mall in Asia.
Excepting a few stretches of bad road, most of the journey was good. Daytime travel is better as streetlights are not adequate.Roadside food joints are good.Knowledge of local language would be helpful.Its better to reach Guruvayoor by noon as one can go in for an evening darshan after a brief rest.
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