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.
Kollam is an old port town which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its rich store of cashew nut, spice and the famous Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest in Kerala. Kollam was once the capital of Venad.
Budget Hotels in Kollam
Nani hotels and resorts- (Tariff- from Rs 1500 onwards) merely 1.5 kms from bus stand.Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff- Rs 1470) this is at a 15 minutes walking distance from Railway Station Hotel Raj residency- (Rs 1000 onwards) Walking distance from Kollam railway station
Events in Kollam
Kollam hosts a number of events throughout the year. Starting from the Kollam Pooram which is one of the most colourful ten days festivals in Kerala, it is followed by Parippalli Gajamela which is again 10 days annual festival of the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple; this is celebrated in the month of February and March. The procession is completed by decorated elephants and women in traditional attire holding lighted lamps.
The official language of Kollam is Malayalam.
Places to See in Kollam
Kollam is surrounded by a number of famous places often visited by tourists. The famous Ashtamudi backwater is well known for its picturesque beauty and is the second largest lake in Kerala. Other places to visit in Kollam includes Ashramam Picnic village, the Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Thangasseri which was once a Portuguese establishment, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum Airport which has numerous direct flights to international cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah and many more. It is also connected with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
The Kollam railway station is 1 Km from City centres and is well connected to all major South Indian cities.
There are frequent buses available to Kollam from Trivandrum, Cochin and Alleppey. Get the best bus ticket booking offer on Ticketgoose.com.