Guruvayur is the most beautiful pilgrim spot of Kerala, located in Thrissur district. The bustling pilgrim town is a holy abode of Lord Krishna and the most famous religious destination in Kerala which is known as God's own country. The most important Hindu shrine visited by more than five millions of pilgrims and tourists every year. World renowned and most reputed pilgrimage across Kerala. It is often expressed as 'Booloka Vaikuntam', holy abode of Lord Krishna and 'Dwarka of South'. The idol of Lord Krishna is endowed with four arms. Conch, discus, mace and lotus are carried by each arms respectively. It is the center of attraction in Guruvayur. Krishnattam kali is the famous folk dance of Kerala which is performed inside the temple premises is the another prominent feature of Guruvayur. It is the venue used to promote and preserve Carnatic music and traditional dances of Kerala. Apart from its sacredness, one can enjoy by visiting elephant sanctuary, mammiyur temple, ISKON temple and Chowallur beach. Guruvayur is considered a special marriage venue to begin the life with prosperity and blessings of Lord Krishna. Guruvayir is the best place to buy nural paintings and traditional handcrafts of Kerala.
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Most visited and most famous Hindu pilgrimage in south India. Lord Krishna is known as Bal Gopalan is the presiding deity of this temple. It is the busiest temple, every day it is flooded with thousands of devotees who offers prayers and keen to attend daily Dharshans. The walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with mural paintings. These paintings are attractively depicts the life of Lord Krishna expressed as Krishnaleelakal, interesting stories of childhood of Lord Krishna. Popular venue to conduct marriages and Chonunnu (offering first solid meal to child). There are more than 300 marriages are held daily in this temple. The Shiveli procession where the idol of Lord Krishna is carried by beautifully decorated temple elephants is an eye-catching ceremony of Guruvayur.
The Elephant camp is located around three kilometer from Guruvayur temple, in Punnathur Kotta. The spacious homage of elephants, houses more than 60 elephants. The interesting fact is that all elephants are offered by devotees. The popular elephants are Guruvayur Kesavan and Guruvayur Padmanabhan which are used in temple festivals and to perform temple processions. Annayottam, elephant race is held every year to select the elephant to carry the idol of Lord Krishna, The elephant race attracts thousands of devotees and tourists every year and made Guruvayur as hot picnic spot.
Institute of mural paintings is another popular place to admire the beauty of mural paintings. Guruvayur is filled with several temples. Harikanyaka temple, Venkitachalapathy temple, Chamundeshwari temple, Nava Mukunda temple and Parthasarathy temple are the popular Hindus shrines and worth visiting places.
How to reach Guruvayur
Cochin international airport is closest to Guruvayur, located at a distance of 90 km. Kozhikode domestic airport is around 60 km from Guruvayur.
Thrissur railway station is at the distance of 52 km from Guruvayur is the nearest one.
Main cities of Kerala is easily accessible by road. State run and private buses are frequently available to reach Guruvayur.
During Summer 23-37°C and in Winter 17-25°C. Best to visit throughout the year.