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Guruvayur: The abode of the Lord

Tours to Guruvayoor, Kerala

Guruvayur is the most revered and sacred pilgrimage centre of Hindus in Kerala. On any given day, the place witnesses thousands of visitors from India and abroad. The main temple in the town is dedicated to Lord Krishna known as 'Guruvayurappan'. A large number of young couples come to the town to get married and the busiest business in the area is conducted by the flower and garland sellers. Notwithstanding the large number of people in the temple town, it is a perfectly safe place and it is not surprising to see men and women loaded with jewellery roaming about.

Guruvayoor, according to legend, came into existence when an idol of Lord Krishna was saved by the Guru of the Gods with the help of Vayu, the God of wind, and brought to Kerala. The two gave their names to Guruvayur.

The star attraction of the temple town is the Shree Krishna Temple, where non-Hindus are not allowed. If you are lucky, you could witness the special processions of the images taken out on the elephants of the temple. During festivals, the temple is decorated with thousands of earthen lamps. Near Guruvayur, at Punnathur Kotta, you can see the 44 temple elephants at their home.

Reaching Guruvayur: The nearest airport is at Cochin, 100 km by road. The nearest railway station is is Trichur, 29 km from Guruvayur. The pilgrimage centre is well connected by road to most cities of Kerala and south India.