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.
Udupi, a coastal city in Mangalore, Karnataka, has a lot of tourist attractions that draw visitors from all across. The famous St. Mary’s Island which can only be reached by a ferry from Malpe is a perfect picnic spot where you can unwind. This city is also a pilgrimage center. Devotees flock to the famous Krishna Temple located here. Legends say that the name Udupi, comes from udu, which mean stars and pa, meaning Lord. Udupi is known for its Mangalorean Cuisine and rich culture. Folk art like the Yakshagana and Huli Vesha are famous in this region.
Budget Hotels in Udupi
There are many budget hotels for tourists in this city. Some of these hotels are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Sai Residency (Tariff – Rs.664) and Hotel Sri Krishna Residency (Tariff – Rs.424).
The languages spoken in Udupi are Tulu, Konkani, Beary Bashe and Kannada.
Events in Udupi
There are many important festivals celebrated in Udupi such as Paryaya and Makar Sankranti in January, Krishna Janmashtami in August, Navratri in September-October, Vijaya Dashami in October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places to See in Udupi
Some of the popular places of interest in Udupi include Manipal (6 km), Anantheshwara, a kilometer away, Sri Krishna Temple (950-m), Karkala (37 km), Udyavara River (7 km), Pithrody Udyavar Beach (13 km), Malpe Beach (8 km) and Malpe Port (7 km) away.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 63 km away from Udupi.
The Udupi Railway Station is only 5 km away from the main city center.
Udupi is frequented by buses from both Mangalore and Bangalore, bringing tourists and pilgrims. Private bus operators such as Ganesh Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, Canara Pinto Travels, Sea Bird Travels and Kamat Travels run Volvo A/C buses daily from Bangalore, Mangalore, Hospet, Gulbarga, Mumbai and Hyderabad to Udupi. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.