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.
Thiruvananthapuram is the new name for Trivandrum. The capital city of Kerala, which is located on the west coast, offers a wonderful holiday experience for tourists with its beaches such as Kovalam Beach, lakes, green terrains, zoo (which inspired the book, Life of Pi) and Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also a big educational hub and is home to the University of Kerala.
Budget Hotels in Trivandrum
There are good budget hotels in Trivandrum. Some of them are Hotel Oasis (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Horizon (Tariff – Rs. 1000), The Capital (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Aristo Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Trivandrumis Malayalam. Other languages spoken are Hindi and English.
Events in Trivandrum
The important festivals of Trivandrum are Vishu (April), Onam (August), and Christmas.
Places to See in Trivandrum
There are several places of tourist attraction in Trivandrum. Some of them are Ponmudi (12 km), Varkala (17 km) and Thenmala (33 km).
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport (40 km) is the closest airport from the city.
The nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central Railway Station which is just a kilometre away.
Trivandrum and Ponmudi are just 32 km away from each other and are directly linked via road. The nearest bus stand is Trivandrum Bus Station (1 km). Travellers may opt for local or private buses. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.