Guruvayur (also written Guruvayoor) is a bustling pilgrim town and a municipality in Thrissur district of the Indian state of Kerala. It lies 25 km to the northwest of Thrissur city.
Guruvayoor Quick facts
Guruvayoor Geography and Climate
Geography and Climate
Best time to visit Guruvayoor
The best time to visit Guruvayur is from August to March.
A 1936 law prohibits any non-hindu from entering the temple and in case your religious orientation is in doubt all you have to do is to get a piece of paper certifying your religious credentials from an Arya Samaj.
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How to reach Guruvayoor by Road
Guruvayur is well connected with the other parts of the country by road and rail. The National highway is passing through Kunnamkulam which is just 8 kms away from Guruvayur. The private bus stand is towards the east of the temple, near Manjulal (the banyan tree). It is half an hour drive by car from Thrissur and busses ply every 5 minutes from Thrissur to Guruvayur.
How to reach Guruvayoor by Rail
Guruvayur has got a railway station towards the east of the temple which is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur. It has got computerised ticket booking facility and tickets can be booked to any locations from here. One from the Mangalore side can get down at the Kuttippram station. Regular buss services are available from there to Guruvayur. Those from the Madras/Trivandrum side can get down at Thrissur.
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How to reach Guruvayoor by Air
Kochi international airport (Nedumbassery) is 80 kms from Guruvayur and the Calicut airport is 100 kms away. All major international flight services are operated from these airports.
Guruvayoor Festivals and culture
Guruvayoor Religious Places
Religious Places in Kerala and the story goes that the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna was destroyed when the holy city of Dwarka was submerged under the sea. Guru, the preceptor of the gods and Vayu, the god of the winds were entrusted with the job of finding an equally holy place for anew temple. When they finally selected a site, the place came to known as Guruvayur and the deity, Guruvayurappan. In the 'chuttambalam' of the other enclosure of the temple, is the tall 33.5 m high, gold-plated 'dhwajastambham' or flag-mast. The 7 m high 'dipastambham' or pillar of lamps, is a splendid spectacle when lit the evenings.
Guruvayoor Entertainment and Night Life
Guruvayoor Museum and Hill Stations
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