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.
Kundapur is a coastal town of Karnataka located about 37 km from Udupi. It is about 441 km from away from Bangalore and 91 km from Mangalore, and connects the important places via NH17. The town is named after the famous Kundeshwar Temple which is now a major tourist destination. A number of beaches and sacred temples that lie within the vicinity of the town are well-known places of interest.
Places to Stay
A number of good budget hotels are found in Kundapur. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Sharon (Tariff – Rs.526), Hotel Shalom (Tariff – Rs.341), Jewel park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
Kannada is the official language of Kundapur town.
Some famous festivals and events celebrated in Kundapur are the car festival, Ram Navami in March, Shivarathri in February, Holi in February-March, and Dassera in October.
Places of Interest
The major tourist place in Kundapura is the Kodi Beach situated in close proximity to the town. There are a number of important pilgrimage sites such as the famous Kundeshwara Temple and the Mookambika Temple and other ancient Temples found here. The Maravanthe Beach destination and Ottinene are the prime tourist attractions that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the major airport near this town situated at a distance of about 97 km.
The nearest railway station is the Kundapura Railway Station, at a distance of 6 km from the town.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) are the major bus services available in the town. Other private bus operators that run across major cities and suburbs are SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Ganesh Travels & Tours and many more. By booking bus tickets online you will save yourself a lot of headache