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    Elephant Camp - Tourists can visit the Elephant Camp or sanctuary that is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries. The 10-acre camp was once the property of the Kings of Punnathur and houses some 60 elephants. In 1975, the present property was purchased by the temple authorities and the elephants were moved to the location from Sreevalsam, in a much-publicized procession. The fascinating feature is that all the elephants are offerings that are made by the devotees, at the temple. The camp also acts as a training school for the elephants. Most of the elephants are trained to participate in major processions and daily temple rituals. The elephants are also trained to carry the idols of Guruvayur in the ‘Shiveli’ procession. For this purpose, the elephants need to participate in an Elephant Race or ‘Anayottam’ in the temple and the winner gets to carry the idol, during the festival. This camp is visited by several people every year, to see the training of the elephants and also, to gain knowledge of being an Elephant rider or ‘Mahavata’. Traditional methods are used to treat the common health problems of the elephants.

     

    Mammiyur Mahadevan Temple - The temple is situated near the Guruvayurappam Temple. The temple is considered an integral part of the Guruvayur pilgrim tour. The temple enshrines the idol of Lord Shiva. Besides, the temple also houses smaller shrines of Ayyappa, Vishnu, Subramanyam and Ganapathy. It is also believed that Goddess Parvathy is present inside the sanctorum. Mural paintings with the images of Mohini adorn the walls of the temple.

     

    Guruvayurappan temple - The Guruvayurappan Temple is one of the popular and most visited temples of South India and is the main attraction of the temple town of Guruvayur. It is located at a distance of 30 km northwest of Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. The temple enshrines Bal Gopalan, the childhood avatar of Lord Krishna and the idol is considered some 5000 years old. The temple houses other shrines that are dedicated to Sastha (Ayyappa), Ganesha and Bhagavati. The temple complex dates back to 10th century. The walls of the sanctorum contain a number of images and mural paintings, which depict the childhood of Lord Krishna known as Krishnaleelakal. The popular folk art called Krishnattam also took birth at this place. The temple is an ideal place for weddings and ‘choroonu’, the first time meal to child. Presently, the temple looks after 10 other temples that are situated in and around Guruvayur. Every day, the temple attracts a large number of devotees and only Hindu devotees are allowed in this temple. The temple organises the Shiveli procession that is accompanied by elephants carrying the idol of Lord Krishna on their backs. The temple is also believed to be the residence of famous poets like Poonthanam and Melpathur, who wrote devotional poems dedicated to Guruvayuirappan

     

    Palayur Church - The Palayur Church is one of the seven ancient churches established by the apostle, St. Thomas, in Kerala. This church portrays the life of St. Thomas and is famous for its architectural work. Around 14 granite statues that reflect various stages of St. Thomas’ life were installed at the entrance of this church. The major pilgrimage of this religious site is the Palayur Mahatheerthadanam, during which the devotees carry a wooden cross. The other festivals that are celebrated in this church are the Thukharana Thirunal, Muppittu Njayar and Tharpana Thirunal.

     

    Devaswom Museum - The Devaswom Museum is situated inside the Shree Guruvayoorappan Temple in Guruvayur. It is located in the office annex, near the Temple’s eastern walkway and forms a part of the many cultural promotions of the temple. The museum houses an extensive collection of valuable offerings that have been made to the 5000 year-old presiding deity of the temple. The offerings include temple materials, antiques, musical instruments, mural paintings and other valuable materials. It also includes some unusual items like elephant teeth, rifle and toys. The museum also displays various other items such as the remains and images of famous religious poets like Poonthanam and Melapthur, the precious items that are used to adorn the renowned elephants and adornments that are used in folk arts like Kathakali and Krishnanattam.

     

    Parthasarathy Temple - The Parthasarathy Temple has an idol of Lord Krishna in the form the charioteer of Arjuna, which is also called Parthasarathy. According to a legend, this idol is believed to have been placed in this temple by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple has another famous shrine that is dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya. The structure of this temple is in the shape of a chariot with the many horses. The huge fortifications of the temple are adorned with various images.

     

    Institute of Mural Paintings - The Institute of Mural Painting is situated at the east gate of the Guruvayur Temple and is managed by Guruvayur Devaswom. It was established in 1989 by Shri Mammiyoor Krishnankutty, one of the renowned masters of mural painting. A traditional Gurukula system is followed by the Institute with residential facilities for the students. The Institute offers a number of courses to the art-loving students such as five-year diploma courses in mural painting, sculpture, aesthetics and art. Seminars, exhibitions and training related to the culture and art of Kerala are arranged by this Institute.

     

    Chowalloor Shiva Temple - The Chowalloor Shiva Temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Guruvayur Temple. It is also known as Mahadeva Temple and is considered to be thousands of years old. The temple is considered to be one of the 108 ‘Shivalayas’ or Abodes of Shiva in Kerala that were consecrated by Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala and the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva with a special Shivalinga. The noteworthy feature is that while the idol of Lord Shiva faces the west, the idol of his consort, Parvati faces the east. The position of the idols symbolizes that the blessings of the gods are bestowed on the whole world. At the entrance of the temple, an image of Thiruvambadi Krishna is situated in a shrine.

     

    Chamundeswari Temple - The Chamundeswari Temple is also known as Thozhuvancode Shree Chamundi Devi Temple. It is situated in the close area of Guruvayur Temple, at a distance of 9 km from Trivandrum. Chamundeswari Devi, a revered form of Goddess Durga is the presiding deity of the temple. The idol of Chamundeswari Devi is made of five metals or ‘panchloha’, namely, gold, lead, copper, iron and silver. The temple also houses a number of shrines that are devoted to Ananta, Karinkali Devi, Mohini Yakshi, Thamburan, Ganesha, Durga and the Navagrahas (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Rahu and Kethu). A separate shrine in the temple’s premise is devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy, where the deity is placed as a simple stone slab. The architectural feature of the temple comprises of a beautiful exterior. The calm and religious environment of the temple makes it a perfect place for meditation.

     

    Nava Mukunda temple - This ancient temple is located at Thirunavaya, on the shores of Bharathapuzha. It is dedicated to Nava Mukunda, a form of Lord Vishnu. It is said that the idol of this temple is the ninth idol that was installed by saints known as Navayogis. Thirunavaya was the location for the festival called “Mamankam,” the warrior fights held once in 12 years. The 28 days festival was the assembly of royal family members. Devotees come to the beaches of Thirunavaya to offer last rites to the loved ones.

     

    Venkitachalapathy temple - The Venkitachalapathy Temple is situated near the Parthasarathy Temple. Venkatachalapathy is the main deity of the temple, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The lush green backdrop and the unpolluted environment add to the magnificence of the temple. The temple attracts a huge number of devotees throughout the year.

     

    Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine - This temple is situated near Thrissur and is considered as one of the most ancient temples of north and central Kerala. The temple is mainly known for its structure and architectural beauty. Lord Krishna is the main deity of the temple. The Thrissur Pooram Festival is the main attraction of this temple that is celebrated every year, during the months of April to May. Many elephants accompany this procession that follows the custom of Kudamattam, an activity in which various coloured umbrellas are placed in a synchronized manner.

     

    Harikanyaka temple - The temple is situated in Ariyanoor, a neighbouring village of Guruvayur. This preserved structure is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple is dedicated to Harikanyaka, a form of Lord Vishnu. This ancient temple was built by Perumthachan and boasts of a rich history. In fact, the place Ariyanoor was considered to be the head of the 32 deshams. The temple draws a number of devotees and celebrates a 15 day festival during the month of March to April, every year.

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  • Hotels of Guruvayur

    Fort Gate Hotel, Guruvayur

    Kottappady

    Fort Gate Hotel, Guruvayur Fort Gate Hotel in Guruvayoor is at 4 km from both the Guruvayur Temple and the Guruvayur Railway Station. During their stay at Fort Gate, guests can explore places of interest such as Mammiyoo

    1,880.00 Avg/night

    Elite Hotel, Guruvayur

    East Nada

    Elite Hotel, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is c

    2,800.00 Avg/night

    Kanoos Residency, Guruvayur

    East Nada

    Kanoos Residency, Guruvayur Kanoos Residency is located at a distance of 0.5 km 1 km from Guruvayur Temple. Thrissur Railway Station is located at a distance of 27 km from this property. Sri Krishna Temple and Parthasara

    3,400.00 Avg/night

    Mayura Residency, Guruvayur

    West Nada

    Mayura Residency, Guruvayur Mayura Residency is situated 2 km from the railway station and 0.5 km from the popular Guruvayoor Temple. The elephant sanctuary in Punnathur Kotta is at 3 km, Chavakkad Beach at 5 km, Palayur

    4,370.00 Avg/night

    Gokulam Resorts, Guruvayur

    West Nada

    Gokulam Resorts, Guruvayur Gokulam Resort is Situated a short distance away from the Guruvayur Railway Station, Located within walking distance from the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, Gokulam Resorts is a well-maintained

    1,630.00 Avg/night

    Rugmini Regency, Guruvayur

    Near Temple East Nada

    Rugmini Regency, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property

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    Krishna Inn, Guruvayur

    East Nada

    Krishna Inn, Guruvayur Krishna Inn is 400 m from Railway Station, 700 m from Shri Krishna Temple, 800 m from Guruvayoor Elephant Sanctuary, This hotel lies within a walking distance from Shri Krishna Temple, which is qui

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    Bhasuri Inn Hotel, Guruvayur

    Opp Municipal Bus Stand

    Bhasuri Inn Hotel, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This propert

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    Rajavalsam Guruvayoor Lodgings, Guruvayur

    Near Jayashree Talkies West Nada

    Rajavalsam Guruvayoor Lodgings, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city.

    1,500.00 Avg/night

    Sree Gokulam Vanamalaa Hotel, Guruvayur

    South Nada

    Sree Gokulam Vanamalaa Hotel, Guruvayur Sree Gokulam Vanamala is a 2 star budget accommodation which features a pure vegetarian restaurant called Nivedhyam. This property is situated at a distance of 0.5 km from Guruvayu

    2,660.00 Avg/night

    Nandanam Hotel, Guruvayur

    East Nada Guruvayur

    Nandanam Hotel, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property i

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    Vyshak International Hotel, Guruvayur

    Near Temple Road

    Vyshak International Hotel, Guruvayur Vyshak International Hotel is a 3 star property located 77.7 km away from Cochin International Airport, 800 m from Guruvayur Railway Station and 700 m from Kuppaayil Bus Stand. The p

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    Nandini Tourist Home, Guruvayur

    East Nada

    Nandini Tourist Home, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This prop

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    Sopanam Heritage Hotel, Guruvayur

    East Nada

    Sopanam Heritage Hotel, Guruvayur Sopanam Heritage Hotel in Guruvayoor,is 1.1 km from Guruvayur Railway Station, 1.3 km from KSRTC Bus Stand, The Chavakkad Beach (5km) , Mammiyoor Temple (2 km) and Palayur Church (3 km)

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    Sree Gokulam Sabri Hotel, Guruvayur

    Outer Ring Road Railway Station

    Sree Gokulam Sabri Hotel, Guruvayur Sree Gokulam Sabari, located 100 m from Guruvayur Railway Station. The hotel is in close proximity to Lord Shiv Temple Mammiyoor (1 km), Parthasarathy Temple (500 m), Thiruvenkidachala

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    Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, Guruvayurv

    East Nada

    Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, Guruvayurv offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This

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    Guruvayoor Resorts, Guruvayur

    Behind Parthasarathi Temple

    Guruvayoor Resorts, Guruvayur Guruvayoor Resorts is a 2 star property, located within walking distance from the Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur Temple- two of the most popular attractions of the town. It is 130 m from Gur

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    Panchajanyam Rest House, Guruvayur

    Near Guruvayur Temple

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    Mannam Memorial NSS Guest House, Guruvayur

    West Nada

    Mannam Memorial NSS Guest House, Guruvayur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city

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    Government Guest House, Guruvayur

    Near Railway Station

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    Elephant Camp - Tourists can visit the Elephant Camp or sanctuary that is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries. The 10-acre camp was once the property of the Kings of Punnathur and houses some 60 elephants. In 1975, the present property was purchased by the temple authorities and the elephants were moved to the location from Sreevalsam, in a much-publicized procession. The fascinating feature is that all the elephants are offerings that are made by the devotees, at the temple. The camp also acts as a training school for the elephants. Most of the elephants are trained to participate in major processions and daily temple rituals. The elephants are also trained to carry the idols of Guruvayur in the ‘Shiveli’ procession. For this purpose, the elephants need to participate in an Elephant Race or ‘Anayottam’ in the temple and the winner gets to carry the idol, during the festival. This camp is visited by several people every year, to see the training of the elephants and also, to gain knowledge of being an Elephant rider or ‘Mahavata’. Traditional methods are used to treat the common health problems of the elephants.

     

    Mammiyur Mahadevan Temple - The temple is situated near the Guruvayurappam Temple. The temple is considered an integral part of the Guruvayur pilgrim tour. The temple enshrines the idol of Lord Shiva. Besides, the temple also houses smaller shrines of Ayyappa, Vishnu, Subramanyam and Ganapathy. It is also believed that Goddess Parvathy is present inside the sanctorum. Mural paintings with the images of Mohini adorn the walls of the temple.

     

    Guruvayurappan temple - The Guruvayurappan Temple is one of the popular and most visited temples of South India and is the main attraction of the temple town of Guruvayur. It is located at a distance of 30 km northwest of Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. The temple enshrines Bal Gopalan, the childhood avatar of Lord Krishna and the idol is considered some 5000 years old. The temple houses other shrines that are dedicated to Sastha (Ayyappa), Ganesha and Bhagavati. The temple complex dates back to 10th century. The walls of the sanctorum contain a number of images and mural paintings, which depict the childhood of Lord Krishna known as Krishnaleelakal. The popular folk art called Krishnattam also took birth at this place. The temple is an ideal place for weddings and ‘choroonu’, the first time meal to child. Presently, the temple looks after 10 other temples that are situated in and around Guruvayur. Every day, the temple attracts a large number of devotees and only Hindu devotees are allowed in this temple. The temple organises the Shiveli procession that is accompanied by elephants carrying the idol of Lord Krishna on their backs. The temple is also believed to be the residence of famous poets like Poonthanam and Melpathur, who wrote devotional poems dedicated to Guruvayuirappan

     

    Palayur Church - The Palayur Church is one of the seven ancient churches established by the apostle, St. Thomas, in Kerala. This church portrays the life of St. Thomas and is famous for its architectural work. Around 14 granite statues that reflect various stages of St. Thomas’ life were installed at the entrance of this church. The major pilgrimage of this religious site is the Palayur Mahatheerthadanam, during which the devotees carry a wooden cross. The other festivals that are celebrated in this church are the Thukharana Thirunal, Muppittu Njayar and Tharpana Thirunal.

     

    Devaswom Museum - The Devaswom Museum is situated inside the Shree Guruvayoorappan Temple in Guruvayur. It is located in the office annex, near the Temple’s eastern walkway and forms a part of the many cultural promotions of the temple. The museum houses an extensive collection of valuable offerings that have been made to the 5000 year-old presiding deity of the temple. The offerings include temple materials, antiques, musical instruments, mural paintings and other valuable materials. It also includes some unusual items like elephant teeth, rifle and toys. The museum also displays various other items such as the remains and images of famous religious poets like Poonthanam and Melapthur, the precious items that are used to adorn the renowned elephants and adornments that are used in folk arts like Kathakali and Krishnanattam.

     

    Parthasarathy Temple - The Parthasarathy Temple has an idol of Lord Krishna in the form the charioteer of Arjuna, which is also called Parthasarathy. According to a legend, this idol is believed to have been placed in this temple by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple has another famous shrine that is dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya. The structure of this temple is in the shape of a chariot with the many horses. The huge fortifications of the temple are adorned with various images.

     

    Institute of Mural Paintings - The Institute of Mural Painting is situated at the east gate of the Guruvayur Temple and is managed by Guruvayur Devaswom. It was established in 1989 by Shri Mammiyoor Krishnankutty, one of the renowned masters of mural painting. A traditional Gurukula system is followed by the Institute with residential facilities for the students. The Institute offers a number of courses to the art-loving students such as five-year diploma courses in mural painting, sculpture, aesthetics and art. Seminars, exhibitions and training related to the culture and art of Kerala are arranged by this Institute.

     

    Chowalloor Shiva Temple - The Chowalloor Shiva Temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Guruvayur Temple. It is also known as Mahadeva Temple and is considered to be thousands of years old. The temple is considered to be one of the 108 ‘Shivalayas’ or Abodes of Shiva in Kerala that were consecrated by Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala and the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva with a special Shivalinga. The noteworthy feature is that while the idol of Lord Shiva faces the west, the idol of his consort, Parvati faces the east. The position of the idols symbolizes that the blessings of the gods are bestowed on the whole world. At the entrance of the temple, an image of Thiruvambadi Krishna is situated in a shrine.

     

    Chamundeswari Temple - The Chamundeswari Temple is also known as Thozhuvancode Shree Chamundi Devi Temple. It is situated in the close area of Guruvayur Temple, at a distance of 9 km from Trivandrum. Chamundeswari Devi, a revered form of Goddess Durga is the presiding deity of the temple. The idol of Chamundeswari Devi is made of five metals or ‘panchloha’, namely, gold, lead, copper, iron and silver. The temple also houses a number of shrines that are devoted to Ananta, Karinkali Devi, Mohini Yakshi, Thamburan, Ganesha, Durga and the Navagrahas (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Rahu and Kethu). A separate shrine in the temple’s premise is devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy, where the deity is placed as a simple stone slab. The architectural feature of the temple comprises of a beautiful exterior. The calm and religious environment of the temple makes it a perfect place for meditation.

     

    Nava Mukunda temple - This ancient temple is located at Thirunavaya, on the shores of Bharathapuzha. It is dedicated to Nava Mukunda, a form of Lord Vishnu. It is said that the idol of this temple is the ninth idol that was installed by saints known as Navayogis. Thirunavaya was the location for the festival called “Mamankam,” the warrior fights held once in 12 years. The 28 days festival was the assembly of royal family members. Devotees come to the beaches of Thirunavaya to offer last rites to the loved ones.

     

    Venkitachalapathy temple - The Venkitachalapathy Temple is situated near the Parthasarathy Temple. Venkatachalapathy is the main deity of the temple, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The lush green backdrop and the unpolluted environment add to the magnificence of the temple. The temple attracts a huge number of devotees throughout the year.

     

    Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine - This temple is situated near Thrissur and is considered as one of the most ancient temples of north and central Kerala. The temple is mainly known for its structure and architectural beauty. Lord Krishna is the main deity of the temple. The Thrissur Pooram Festival is the main attraction of this temple that is celebrated every year, during the months of April to May. Many elephants accompany this procession that follows the custom of Kudamattam, an activity in which various coloured umbrellas are placed in a synchronized manner.

     

    Harikanyaka temple - The temple is situated in Ariyanoor, a neighbouring village of Guruvayur. This preserved structure is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple is dedicated to Harikanyaka, a form of Lord Vishnu. This ancient temple was built by Perumthachan and boasts of a rich history. In fact, the place Ariyanoor was considered to be the head of the 32 deshams. The temple draws a number of devotees and celebrates a 15 day festival during the month of March to April, every year.

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