Guruvayur Tourism
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Guruvayur Tourism

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Guruvayur Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Thrissur
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 30°C, Winter 24 to 32°C

History of Guruvayur

Guruvayur is a small town in the district of Thrissur in the state of Kerala. It is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage centres of South India. Guruvayur is popular for many Hindu temples that play a very important role in defining the cultural history of the place. Guruvayur was named after Guru Brihaspati who is considered as the teacher of gods.

People and Culture of Agra

The most popular attraction here is the Guruvayur Temple, which is one of the most stringent temples in South India. There are four gateways that lead to the idol but the eastern gate is considered as the main entrance. Other than Lord Krishna, the temple houses idols of Lord Shiva, Sree Ayyappa, Ganapathy and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. Apart from being a temple, Guruvayur has been an important cultural centre where some rare literature works have been defined. Guruvayur has extreme weather conditions with dry climate most of the year. The climate of Guruvayur is extremely hot during summers and cold in winters. The summer season is from the month of March to May with an average maximum temperature of 37 Celsius. From June to September Guruvayur receives heavy rainfall whereas winters are here from December to February with an average temperature ranging from 23 Celsius to 30 Celsius. In terms of weather, the best time to visit Guruvayur is in the winter season but the destination also attracts a lot of tourists on festive occasions. The months from August to November have a moderate cooler climate and offer many celebrations throughout. "Ekadasi" is a special day followed every month when pilgrims in large numbers come to the temples here.

Things To Do in Guruvayur

One of the major attractions of the region is the annual Guruvayur Festival or Guruvayur Utsavam which is held during February-March. This year the festival starts on 7th March 2012. It kicks off with the Elephant Race or Anayottam. The race starts half a kilometer away from the eastern entrance under a banyan tree. The elephants take seven rounds inside the temple and finally touch the flagpole. The elephant to touch the flagpole first is hailed as the winner and gets the honour of carrying the idol of Lord Guruvayurappan on all special occasions for a year. The 10-day festival also showcases the tradition, culture and heritage of Kerala. Traditional music and dance, as well as plays and dance dramas based on the life of Lord Krishna, are performed during this time.

Food and Shopping in Guruvayur

Not really a shopper's hub, Guruvayur offers a range of dress materials, antiques and eatables from the avenue shops on the street. Photographs, mural paintings & embroidered handicrafts are the other things that can be shopped in Guruvayur. Traditional Kerala saris & jewellery are also available here.

Travelling To Guruvayur

Guruvayur has the nearest airport at Kochi, Nedumbassery International Airport, which is at a distance of 65 km. Kochi airport is well connected to all major airports in India with major airlines plying regularly. It is also connected to many foreign cities. Taxi services can also be availed from here. The major railhead nearest to Guruvayur is at Thrissur, which is located at a distance of about 27 km. State owned bus services are also available from almost all the cities in Kerala to Guruvayur. Category of buses like super deluxe buses connects Guruvayur with cities like Kochi, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Palaghat, Chennai, Salem, Coimbatore and Bangalore.

Accommodation options in Guruvayur

Accommodation options in Guruvayur range from budget hotels to deluxe hotels. Tourists can avail stay according to their budget.

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Senthil nathan S

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  • Senthil nathan S
  • 1 Review
  •  95 readers

"Tolerate the crowd"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Went to Guruvayur for first time solid food feeding of grand son ... Went on April 14, a festival day and found much crowded ... Though in the outside crowds are regulated before the Deity there's no queue just as in Thirumala ... You have to get mangled before the Deity and could see the Deity only for seconds ..
On April 15, the function was over and returned ...
Request the Dewasam board authorities to regulate the crowd before the Deity and to segregate men and women ...
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Indu Eby

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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Commercialised nostalgia"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 10, 2017
This used to be my 'kerala' when I grew up. We used to visit Kerala once a year and it always started with visiting the Guruvayur temple. Things were so beautiful back then. The queues were manageable, the elephants were inside the temple, the prasada was out of the world, the oottuchoru was blissful, so on so forth. I remember the walk from any of the lodges to the temple, filled with music and the smell of jasmine and sandalwood. Today, one has to wait atleast 2 hours outside the temple from where they will channel you to the Sreekovil where you realise there is a crowd already standing who has managed to gain special permissions from authorities! And then you have to literally, literally, push and hurt and curse each other to get a glimpse of the idol! Purpose destroyed there! What is the point of a pious journey when you might have hurt a kid, cursed at an elder and pushed aside a helpless someone? The lord Sreekrishna is much more beautiful in my imaginations, in my heart, where I now lay, sunbathed perhaps, not so tidy maybe - but not rude and unkind - at peace enough for a prayer that peace be restored!
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Vinod Ponoth

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  • Vinod Ponoth
  • Lives in Kochi
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  • 28 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
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"Temple town"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
It is quite crowded these days, unlike many years ago. However there is a high positive energy and a visit to Guruvayoor is great experience. One should not miss the Mamiyoor Shiva Temple, the Elephant Sanctuary and above a life like statue of Guruvayoor Kesavan, the famous Elephant who departed on Guruvayoor Ekadasi!
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Chandra sekhar p

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  • Chandra sekhar p
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"Guruvayur darsanam"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
Sir,
My name is p. Chandra sekhar. My trip Guruvayur lord sree krishna temple visit very good darsanam. And punctuality and tradition in temple is very good. My travel from Hyderabad to coimbathur by flight. And coimbatur to trissur and Guruvayur by. Bus. In Guruvayur I take room panchajanyam rest house and night stay in Guruvayur. In Guruvayur I visit elephent park and beach and temple. My travelling is very good.
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Srijith nair

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  • Srijith nair
  • 4 Reviews
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"Great temple town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 2, 2016
Life in Guruvayoor revolves around the Lord Srikrishna temple. It is a must visit place for those who cherish a temple town experience. The Srikrishna temple with its traditions, special poojas and festivities can provide a divine experience to devout visitors. It tends to be generally crowded and waiting in queue is mostly inevitable. If temple is in the list of places to visit, which should be, one must be relaxed and patient. This place is not for a hurried visitor. Staying overnight and seeing the procession at night is really worthwhile.
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Radhakrishnan menon

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"Guruvayur - heaven on earth quite literally !!!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2016
No need to talk about the importance of Guruvayur, everyone is quite familiar with it. The most celebrated temple in Kerala. Guruvayur has got everything only because of this temple. All the developments have occurred only because of the temple where devotees visit throughout the year. There is no season / off season here. Guruvayur holds the record for maximum accommodation facilities in a very small town.
The temple has got more than 60 elephants, all of them are kept well in a nearby 'Anakotta' with all facilities. Anakotta has got good tourism importance also. Lot of foreigners are visiting Guruvayur to see the elephants.
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Nandakumar cherubalapathayapura

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"Temple town"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 28, 2016
This is a temple town with the historic temple of Lord Krishna. The town gets the name from the Lords name Guruvayoorappan. This town is scenic, clean, with lots of hotels to stay. This place is located in central Kerala. The beach is an hour's drive. Thrissur city is again an hour's drive. Lord Krishna's devotees must visit this place.
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Vijay Potluri

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  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Holy Lord Krishna Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 16, 2016
Guruvayur is a nice destination to feel like pilgrimage destination. Here you can plan all Vishnu festivals along with many regular activities like Annaprasana (first meal for children), Deepotsavam (Lighting up lamps), Marriage season Marriages in Temple premises, auspicious period is Krishnashtami or Janmashthami.

It's easy to reach by air through Cochin airport by train 45 minutes from Thrissur junction, by road also well connected.

It's nice to stay in Guruvayur.

Hope you Enjoy.
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Priyanka  Rao

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  • Priyanka Rao
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 6 Reviews
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"Guruvayur - the abode of lord Krishna"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
One of the very few places in India where you see child krishna or gopala krishna in this playful and joyous form of lord Sri Krishna. A place where you forget all hardships worries and pain with the blessings of lord Guruvayurappan.

The temple is majestic, lot of pujas from morning to night. Nirmalyam is one of the main worship sought by pilgrims. It's around 3 am and the last function of Siveli is at 8.30 PM and continues till 10 PM with 3 elephants and much pomp and colours daily.

A good place of religious importance.
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Mahesh nair

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  • Mahesh nair
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"Weekends are very crowded"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2016
Weekends are very crowded and there were 350 marriages scheduled on Sunday as it was an auspicious day. The temple authorities could have managed the crowd better but they have a staff shortage due to which Darshan takes long hours! Stood in the line at 4am and got Darshan at 9. 30am!!

Families will have to plan their visit a accordingly if they plan to visit on a weekend which generally gets overcrowded.

Request the temple authorities to have a better system for managing the queue as people violate the rules and this makes others wait for long hours.
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