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.
Mangalapuram is a city located in Kerala, India. Thiruvananthapuram is the closest tourism destination that one can also visit. Other major attractions include Ponmudi, Varkala and Kovalam. Mangalapuram is well-known for its pilgrimage attractions and picturesque beauty. Nearby cities include Andurkonam, Venjaramud, Venjaramudu, Attingal, Attungal and Vettutura. There are many beaches close to the city.
Places to Stay
Mangalapuram has several budget hotel options. Some of them are Chaithram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500), Blue Nest Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Highland Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Thampura Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300).
The official language spoken in Mangalapuram is Malayalam. English is also spoken.
Vishu is a major festival celebrated in Kerala on the 14th of April every year.
Places of Interest
One can visit Thekkevilakam Devi Temple, Mullamangalam Temple, Thundil Shree Bhagavathi Temple, Kovalam Beach (32 km away from Mangalapuram), Poovar Beach (46 km away from Mangalapuram), Technopark (14.6 km away from Mangalapuram), Palod (34.1 km away from Mangalapuram) and Vellanad (37.1 km away from Mangalapuram).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mangalapuram is at Thiruvanantapuram, which is located at a distance of 17 km away.
Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest railway station to Mangalapuram, located at a distance of 9.8 km away from the town.
Mangalapuram is well-connected to all major cities by road through Thonnakkal and Thiruvananthapuram. Many bus operators like Kallada Travels, Kalyani Travels, Bismi Tours & Travels and Parveen Travels Pvt. Ltd. provide excellent services to passengers. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.