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.
Kannur also known as Cannanore is a coastal city in Kerala on the banks of River Kaanaam. The beaches and surroundings here are considered a haven by nature lovers. There are many attractions available for tourists. This city is known for its handloom industry, forts and ancient temples. Some of the most interesting tourist attractions here are Muzhappilangad Beach, Thalassery, Thalassery Fort, St. Angelo Fort, Gundert Bungalow, Wellesley’s Bungalow and Agnikaragam.
Budget Hotels in Kannur
Kannur is well known for its hospitality. Some of the budget hotels available here are Hotel Royal Omars (Tariff – Rs.962), Malgudi Holidays (Tariff – Rs.659) and Palmgrove Heritage Retreat (Tariff – Rs.677).
The official language spoken in Kannur is Malayalam.
Events in Kannur
The important festivals in Kannur are Maha Shivratri celebrated in February, Theyyam and Vishu in April, Onam in September and Christmas in December.
Places to See in Kannur
Kannur has a lot to offer its tourists from beaches to forts. Muzhappilangad Beach (16 km), Thalassery Fort (21 km), Kanam Beach (6 km), St. Angelo Fort (3 km), Mappila Beach (4 km) and Payyambalam Beach (3 km) are some of the major attractions that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 117 km away from Kannur.
Kannur Railway Station is just 800-m from the main city center and connects Kannur to all major cities in India.
There are frequent state-run and private buses that connect the city of Kannur. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, Sona Travels, SMPK Travels and PK Travels run Volvo A/C buses from Bangalore and Ernakulam to Kannur. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.