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.
Thalassery is a town rich in history, culture and heritage in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is a part of the Kannur district, adjacent to the Arabian Sea coast. The town itself lies on the coast. Thalassery has been famously and closely contested among different rulers at various stages of history – from the local Naduvazhis rulers to, Hyder Ali to the Europeans. History and heritage-lovers will find the place interesting.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget hotels which are available in the town. Some of the ones which deserve mention are Paris Presidency (Tariff – Rs. 600), Soubhagya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,200), Sree Gokulam Fort Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The town is abundant with tourist places, among which the must-see are the Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple, the Odathil Palli Mosque built 200 years ago, Mamanam Shri MahaDevi temple, Kottiyoor Vadakkeshwaram Temple and others. Some of the other places in Kannur which deserve special mention are St. Angelos Fort built by the Portuguese, the Thalassery Fort built by the British, the Ezhimala historical site established by the British, the Moppila Bay and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport at a distance of 97 km.
The town has its own railway station, which connects Thalassery to other major parts of the region.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Vatakara to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Look out for your bus ticket coupon from Ticketgoose.com whenever you travel outside your hometown.