Best Time to Visit in Guruvayoor

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The Elephant Sanctuary at Punnathur Kotta is home to more than 51 elephants and is one of the largest and unique sanctuaries in the world. A large number of pilgrims and tourists visit this fascinating spot every day. In this vast compound, there are various conveyance facilities for pilgrims and tourists to go around. The sanctuary is nearby to the Guruvayoor temple. The compound covers an area of 10 acres which was purchased by Devaswom in the year 1975. The visiting hours are from 8.00am to 6.00pm. The entry fee is Rs. 5 per adult and Re. 1 for children. An extra Rs. 25 is charged for using a camera and Rs. 1000 inside the complex.

 

The Guruvayoor temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This 1000 year old temple is one of the holiest places for Vaishnavites. The temple is commonly known as Bhuloka Vaikuntham (home of Lord Vishnu on Earth). It is one of the important Krishna temples in Kerala. It has a Garuda statue nearby which is considered to greet the devotees to his master's shrine. The devotees wear typical Kerala costume while entering the temple. The male devotees wear a dhoti without shirt. Mobile phones and other electronic equipments are prohibited inside the temple. The temple is near to the Guruvayoor railway station which makes it easily accessible. This is one of the must-visit temples for the tourists.

Dedicated to Goddess Narayani, the Narayanamkulangara Temple is a significant religious site in Guruvayoor. A kind of sub-ordinate of the famous Guruvayoor temple, it is visited by a large number of devotees every day. The temple celebrates an annual festival at the end of January and the entire area becomes alive during the grand celebration. Visit this temple to seek divine intervention and soak into its architectural beauty. The temple promises to take you on a religious journey where you can find a closer connection to the Almighty

Visit this temple to satisfy your religious quest and experience divine intervention. It is located in close proximity to Guruvayur Temple. Timing to visit this temple is from 5am-11am and 4:30pm-8pm throughout the week. Visit duration ranges from 1-2 hours. No entry fee is charged.

It is located at a distance which is just one kilometer away from Guruvayoor Temple. You can reach the main temple and then either walk or take a cab to reach Parthasarathi Temple. With its beautiful architecture and strong religious connection, the temple is a popular tourist attraction in Guruvayoor. The timing to visit this temple is from 4:30am to 12:30pm and from 4:30pm to 8:30pm throughout the week. Visit duration ranges from 1-2 hours while no entry fee is charged.

Leave your bag of worries behind and experience the divine world when you step in at this temple. It is located near Parthasarathy Temple and you can easily reach the place by cabs. Timing to visit this temple is from 5am to 1pm and from 5pm to 9pm, also throughout the week. Visit duration ranges from 1 to 2 hours. No entry fee is charged during the visit

This temple comprises of 108 Shivalayas which, according to religious belief, are Lord Shiva's abodes. The temple premises offer tranquility while the picturesque backdrop gives you a new high. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from Guruvayoor Temple. The timing to visit this temple is from 4:30pm to 8:30pm throughout the week. Visit duration ranges from 1 to 2 hours. Similar to other temples, no entry fee is charged here.

This temple comprises of 108 Shivalayas which, according to religious belief, are Lord Shiva's abodes. The temple premises offer tranquility while the picturesque backdrop gives you a new high. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from Guruvayoor Temple. The timing to visit this temple is from 4:30pm to 8:30pm throughout the week. Visit duration ranges from 1 to 2 hours. Similar to other temples, no entry fee is charged here.

It is situated in Thirunavaya, on the banks of river Bharathapuzha. You may embark upon a spiritually satisfying trip when you visit this popular temple. Timing to visit this temple is from 5am to 11am and from 5pm to 7:30 pm throughout the week.

 

It is located in Ariyanoor, which is a neighbouring area in Guruvayur. Experience the religious charm when you step inside this serene temple. Timing to visit this temple is from 5:30am to 9:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm throughout the week. One can stay in the temple for more than 2 hours while no entry fee is charged.

Thriprayar Sri Rama Temple is off the highway that takes you to Guruvayoor, overlooking a river. The deity is said to incorporate elements of Brahma and Shiva and is therefore worshipped as the Trimoorti. The Thriprayar Rama is the leading deity in the Arattupuzha Pooram. The time to visit this temple is from 4:30am to 12:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8 pm, throughout the week. The visiting duration is of one hour.

 

This church is situated at Palayur in the Thrissur district of the state of Kerala , India. According to the local belief, it was established in 52 AD by St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

It is located at a walking distance from the main Guruvayoor Temple. Do not forget to pay your homage to Lord Shiva at Mammiyoor Temple before you leave this town. Tradition has it that anyone who comes visiting Guruvayoor Temple must visit this temple before stepping out of the town to complete his pilgrimage. The timing to visit this temple is from 5:00am to 12:00pm and from 4pm to 9pm, throughout the week. The visit duration ranges from 1-2 hours. No entry fee is charged to enter this temple.

 

Apart from temple hopping and enjoying your time at the Punnathur Kotta elephant Sanctuary, there is a little to do. If the hectic days’ outing leaves you gasping you may go to Hi-spirits, the in-house bar of the Sopanam Heritage Hotel. It is a wonderful place to relax after a hectic workday or simply spend a lazy evening on a weekend

The Ganapathy Bhavan, located at West Nada, Guruvayoor; specialises in Asian cuisines. A variety of North & South Indian delicacies are served. Next on the list comes Theertham which is located at Mayura Residency, West Nada. It is a three star restaurant that serves Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisines. The restaurant is clean and tidy and has an appealing decor. The menu is quite extravagant and covers the different cuisines that have already been mentioned. The service is quick and the food tastes fresh and hot. Surabhi Restaurant, located at Hotel Elite serves Indian cuisines and is recognized as a quality vegetarian restaurant. Thulasi restaurant located at Krishna Inn, East Nada, also serves Chinese, Indian and continental cuisines. It is recognized as the best restaurant in Guruvayoor by many. The Indian Coffee House, located opposite to the Municipal office, Vaikom, West Nada has its own heritage and glory. The attractive thing about the place is the snacks that are offered. Take a sip of tea or coffee and enjoy the evenings at this restaurant. Sree Gokuram Vanamala is another restaurant which is located at South Nada that serves Indian cuisines.

Kerala is known for its love for fish so you can try different varieties of fish and dishes. The delicious fish curry is an example which is cooked using coconut and a variety of tamarind variants. You can also choose to have this without the coconut or tamarind. Other popular fish items include the fish fry and fish molly. Grilled fish is also very popular here. When it comes to mutton dishes, Kerala is not far be hind too. A vast array of mutton and lamb dishes are available here. Recipes from neighbouring states such as Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh are available here. During the popular South Indian festival of Onam, a huge vegetarian traditionnal dish is laid out on banana leafs. Some of the popular items served are ripe banana, pappadom, banana chips, uperi, mango / lime pickles, inji curry sweet kichdi, sour khichi, olan, kaalan, thoran (cabbage / beans), koottu curry and aviyal.

 

When it comes to shopping, Guruvayoor might not be your typical destination where you can stock your shopping bags with amazing goodies. However, no need to get entirely disappointed as there are some commercial alleys in the East Nada and West Nada which could be proved to be a shopper's delight. The shops sell a number of souvenirs that you can take home for your friends and your loved ones back home. Some of the times that you can buy from here include CDs and religious books, mural paintings, brassware, electronic items, lamps and a number of handicrafts.

 

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