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.
Manipal, a suburb of Udupi, is located in Karnataka. This is a university town, offering various fields of study to global students. Dr. T.MA Pai transformed this area from a barren region to what it is today. Manipal got its name from Mannu meaning Mud and Palla which is Lake in Kannada and Tulu. This refers to the lake situated in the middle of Manipal. There are a few tourist destinations such as Udupi, Malpe Beach, Karkala and Kapu Beach around this locality.
Budget Hotels in Manipal
There are good budget hotels available in Manipal. A few of these hotels are Hotel Ashlesh (Tariff – Rs.893), Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.800) and Hotel Sri Ram Residency (Tariff – Rs.800).
The languages spoken in Manipal are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
Events in Manipal
The most important festivals celebrated in Manipal are Shankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Manipal
There are many tourist destinations in and around Manipal. Some of these places are Manipal End Point Park (1 km), Udupi (6 km), Malpe Beach (13 km), St Mary's Islands (17 km), Kapu Beach (23 km) and Karkal (34 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport, which is located 66 km, is the nearest airport from Manipal.
There is no railway station in Manipal. The nearest railway station is in Udupi, which is 4 km away.
There are frequent buses that travel to and fro. Private bus operators such as Sri Durgamba Travels, Paulo Travels, SRS Travels, Suguma Travels and Sea Bird Tourist provide daily trips to Manipal from Bangalore, Kerala, and Mangalore. Avail of online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com when plan your holiday.