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Guruvayur Temple

Madhu Resh
29th Nov 17

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Palayur Church

Reety Arora
4th Dec 15

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Reasons to go to Guruvayur

1Religious paradise
Religious paradise

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Kunnoth adds, “Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple, Kerala Guruvayurappan is the most loved, worshipped and visited god of the Keralites. The presiding deity of the Guruvayur temple's sanctum sanctorum is Lord Vishnu. The temple is also known as Dwaraka of South India. It has another holy name 'Bhuloka Vaikunta, means the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth. The temple in Guruvayur, a township in Kerala, is visited by millions of people and mostly from South India..”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Akshayakumar VB shares, “every time I go there I feel I am new to this temple. It provides a fresh and divine atmosphere inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple complex. Inside the temple, there is a special clock-room for keeping both mobile phone and luggage including the footwear. temple provides lunch every day as prasadam. ".” 

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2To catch sight of its 54 plus elephants
To catch sight of its 54 plus elephants

HolidayIQ Reviewer Joji Joseph says, “A temple in Kerala attracting millions of devotees; The Krishna temple, Guruvayoor is one of the five famous Krishna/Vishnu temples in India and attracts millions of devotees. The temple (puja) routines are regular and the tantri is available full-time at the Temple to ensure this...The poojas are regular and dress code to enter the temple is strict. The 54+ Elephants donated to the temple by devotees is the main attraction.”

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3The Krishna temple is one of the five all time famous Krishna/Vishnu temples
The Krishna temple is one of the five all time famous Krishna/Vishnu temples

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH adds, “A temple in Kerala attracting millions of devotees The Krishna temple, Guruvayoor is one of the five famous Krishna/Vishnu temples in India and attracts millions of devotees.”

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4Keralites most favoured temple- Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Keralites most favoured temple- Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Kunnoth shares, “Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, Kerala Guruvayurappan is the most loved, worshipped and visited god of the Keralites.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Akshayakumar VB shares, “It provides a fresh and divine atmosphere inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple complex.

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5Keralites favourite temple, Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Keralites favourite temple, Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Kunnoth shares, “Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, Kerala Guruvayurappan is the most loved, worshipped and visited god of the Keralites. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer manoj says, “Beautiful temple and best to have morning darshan

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Suresh

Suresh

95 reviews

Land of faith

It was in 1989 tour we visited half india on nehru centenary. Star from Jamshedpur to Kanyakumari then bombay gujrat bet Dwarka and returns to Jamshedpur which took 40 days. Those photos were disintegrated and lost.

Senthil nathan S

Senthil nathan S3.6/5

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Tolerate the crowd

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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Guruvayur Overview

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.

Photos of Guruvayur

Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur

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Shyam Sridhar

Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur
Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur

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Shyam Sridhar

Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur
Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur

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Shyam Sridhar

Guruvayurappan temple, Guruvayur

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