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.
Kumta, a coastal town in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is the perfect weekend getaway. Tourists can come and explore the beaches. This is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy marine life and for nature photographers. There are many attractions such as beaches, forts, dams and waterfalls in the nearby areas. The best time to visit Kumta is during the summer.
Budget Hotels in Kumta
There are many hotels providing reasonable charges for travellers to Kumta. One such budget hotel is Hotel Pandurang International (Tariff – Rs.818).
The languages spoken in Kumta are Konkani, Marathi and Kannada.
Events in Kumta
The important festivals in Kumta are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Kumta
Kumta has many tourist attractions in and around its town. These places are Kumta Beach (4 km), Vannalli Beach (5 km), Kadle Beach (6 km), Mirjan Fort (12 km), River Aghanashini (19 km), River Aghanashini Estuary (18 km), Gokarna (32 km), Honnavar (20 km) and Kasarkod Beach (23 km) away from Kumta.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport, which is 165 km away from Kumta.
Kumta Railway Station is just a kilometer away from the main town centre that connects Kumta to all major railway stations.
Kumta is regularly busy with state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities. Shreekumar Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists are some of the private bus operators that run daily buses from Bangalore and Pune to Kumta. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.