A municipal town in Thrissur District of Kerala, Guruvayur, also written as Guruvayoor or Gurupavanapuri, houses the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple. Legends state that the temple may be as old as the Guruvayur temple idol, which is estimated to be about 5,000 years old. Although the shrine is not amongst the 108 Divya Desams temples, Guruvayur temple, which is referred to as ‘Bhuloka Vaikunta’ (Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth), is one of the most important temples for Hindus in Kerala.
Places to Stay
There good places to stay in Guruvayur town. Places like Krishna Gardens (Tariff-Rs.980), Sopanam Heritage (Tariff-Rs. 931), Mayura Residency (Tariff-Rs.1,520) are with .5kms of the bus stand.
The annual Guruvayur Ekadasi and the Chembai Sangeetholsavam festivals are famous and attracts huge crowds.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Guruvayur Temple, Punnathur Kotta Elephant sanctuary and Mammiyoor Temple are all located about 1-3kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (87kms).
Guruvayur has its own Railway Station.
The Guruvayur Private Bus Stand in the town runs regular bus service. Private bus operators like R.K.G Travels and Kallada Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.
Honnavar is one of the five port towns located in the Uttara Kanada district of Karnataka. It is a beautiful coastal town and is about 442 km away from Bangalore. In 1342, the city was named as Honnavar or Hinaur by Ibn Batuta, an African traveller. Its pristine coastline, serene beaches and mesmerising waterfalls offer incredible travel experiences to travellers.
Budget Hotels in Honnavar
Some of the budget-friendly hotels in Honnavar are Hotel Goodluck (Rs. 500), Bhattara Hotel (Rs. 600) and Kamath Hotel (Rs.700).
Kannada is commonly spoken language here. Konkani, Nawayath and Marathi are other languages spoken in this region.
Events in Honnavar
Ugadi (April) and Mahashivratri (February) are a few well-celebrated festivals of Honnavar.
Places to See in Honnavar
There are several places to explore in Honnavar and its vicinity. Karikanamma, Asparkonda Waterfall and Keppa Jog Waterfall are located within the town. Idagunji (13km), Ramathirtha (3 km), Kasargod Beach (2 km) and Basavaraja Fort (3 km) are a few other places of interest nearby.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Honnavar. Hubli Airport is the nearest one and is about 180 km away from here.
Honnavar Railway Station, the major and nearest railway station, is only 5.6 km away from the town.
Compared to other means of commute, the frequency of buses are quite admirable in Honnavar. Buses from Bangalore, Pune, Goa and Hubli ply to and fro the town. SRS Travels is a one of the top private bus operators that serve the passengers on this route. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.