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Guruvayoor is categorised as Pilgrimage

Guruvayoor Temple Entrance
Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary (photo Courtesy: Easwaran Chand)
Photo Courtesy ArunKumar PR

Reasons to Visit
  • The Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor, 33 km north – west of Thrissur, dates from 16th century and is one of the most visited temples in Kerala
  • Besides a pilgrimage center, Guruvayoor is a major wedding destination. Guests prefer to get married and take blessings of Lord Krishna and all hotels here are geared for this.
  • Elephant Sanctuary near Guruvayoor is also visited alongwith Guruvayoor
Know It
  • Temple Opens at 3 am with Nirmalyadarsan, remains closed from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The worship and darshan continue till 10 at night
  • Significant Pilgrimages in North and Central Kerala"Guruvayoor Temple (100 kms from Cochin and 25 kms from Thrissur) is dedicated to Lord Krishna and one of the major pilgrimage centres in Kerala. Guruvayoor is a popular wedding destination and a standalone pilgrimage."
  • Significant Hindu Pilgrimages in and around South Kerala"100 kms North of Cochin (Ernakulam), Guruvayoor is a Lord Krishna Temple and major pilgrim centre in Central Kerala and is popularly visited alongwith other temples in South Kerala as part of a pilgrimage itinerary."
  • Lord Krishna Pilgrimages in India"Guruvayoor (25 kms from Thrissur and 100 kms from Cochin) is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala. Guruvayoor temple is now a major pilgrim centre and a wedding destination. The temple is run on a strict traditional lines with devotees having to follow a Strict dress code."
Access Information

Guruvayoor has 5 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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Wellness Resort2

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3 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Guruvayoor

Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)1

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List of Holidays for Guruvayoor


  • Guruvayoor Pilgrimage (1 Nights)

Short Break

  • Kerala Hindu Pilgrim Break (4 Nights)


  • South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)

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Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and GuruvayoorRs. 3756

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Cochin to Guruvayoor Day visit and backRs. 3756

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Destination Ideas

  • Guruvayoor and Thrissur Pilgrimage

Festivals linked to Guruvayoor (Kerala)

  • Thrissur Pooram

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Guruvayur is renowned pilgrim destination visited for the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a renowned Lord Krishna pilgrimage and the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Krishna
    The Elephant Camp is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries housing around 60 elephants. Most of the elephants are trained to participate in major processions and daily temple rituals. This camp is visited by several tourists every year. The rituals of Gajapooja (Worshipping Elephants) and Anayoottu (Feeding Elephants) are observed here
    Elephant Experience
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Thriprayar home to an ancient Lord Rama Temple and is believed to the largest Lord Rama temple in Kerala.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Rama
    Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple at Thrissur. This temple is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
East Nada or West NadaCrowded area around Guruvayoor temple where wide variety of pilgrim hotels are situatedPilgrimage1
PunnayurkulamPunnayurkulam located 10 km north west to the world famous temple town Guruvayur along the Guruvayur-Ponnani state highwayGetaway/Experiential-
Nearest Airport in Guruvayoor
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)-105 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Guruvayoor
  • Thrissur ( TCR ), Trichur-29 Kms
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