Places To Visit In Guruvayur

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Here are the top 12 tourist attractions to see in Guruvayur:

1. Punnathurkotta Elephant Palace

Must visit 3.4 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Located at about 3 km away from the Western Gate of the Guruvayoor temple, this sprawling mansion with luxurious courtyards was established from the ruins of the Punathur.

2. Mammiyoor Shiva Temple

Must visit 3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Famous for its large murals, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva adds to the lore of Guruvayoor. It is believed that Lord Shiva was the original owner of Guruvayur temple and decided to relocate to the current site to place the Vishnu idol in Guruvayur temple.

3. Guruvayur Temple

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from city center
3 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Located in the Guruvayoor town, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrim hub in Kerala. The temple adorned with mysteries is devoted to the chief deity MahaVishnu worshipped in form of Balakrishna.

4. Parthasarthy Temple

Must visit 3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Located within a kilometer from Guruvayoor temple, Parthasarthy Temple houses the shrine of Lord Krishna in the form of an episode from Mahabharata where the Lord narrates the Gita to Arjuna atop a gigantic chariot.

5. Institute of Mural Painting

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from city center
5 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Founded by renowned master of mural painting, Shri Mammiyoor Krishnankutty, this institute is situated at the eastern gate of the Guruvayur temple. Established in the year 1989, the institute is managed by Guruvayur Devaswom.

6. Statues of Maraprabhu and Guruyaur Kesavan

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0 km
from city center
6 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

In the premises of Sree Valsam guest house complex, a huge statue of Kesavan- the now deceased majestic Elephant King has been erected. Also, one can see the statue of Mara-Prabhu; a creative interpretation of Lord Krishna as a trunk of giant banyan tree as depicted in traditional folklores.

7. Gokulam Estates

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36 km
from city center
7 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Situated 40 km away from the Guruvayoor temple lays a 100 acre Vrindavanam Gokulam Estate at Vengad in Malapuram District under the possession of Guruvayur Devaswom.

8. Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple

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from city center
8 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple is the abode of Lord Balaji; an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple has been built by the Telugu devotees of the Lord. The other deities installed in the temple complex are Navagraha, Shiva in the form of Linga; Ganesha, and Bhagavathi.

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9. Chamundeswari Temple

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1 km
from city center
9 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Dedicated to Sri Chamundeswari; an incarnation of Lord Durga, this centuries old temple is very close to Guruvayoor. There is a separate shrine situated in the premises devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy.

10. Harikanyaka Temple

3.1 /5

5 km
from city center
10 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Preserved by the Archeological Survey of India, this temple is believed to have been built by Perumthachan. The word Harikanya translates to 'the virgin form of Lord Vishnu'.

11. Devaswom Museum

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from city center
11 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Located on the East Gate, Devaswom Museum houses a huge collection of antiques, temple materials, mural paintings, musical instruments, the jewelries of renowned elephants and also stores valuable offerings to the temple.

12. Vallabhatta Kalari

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2 km
from city center
12 out of 12
places to visit in Guruvayur

Situated very close to the town, Vallabhatta Kalari is one of the most visited ancient martial centers. It is a great place to learn a different form of martial arts which dates back many centuries and is a delight to watch.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Guruvayur?

Day 1: Reach Guruvayur by noon. Have delicious vegetarian Kerala sadhya. Take some rest. Set out for the temple at around 4 p.m. Your darshan will be complete by 6 p.m. You can watch the musical or dance performances being conducted in front of the temple for a little while. After the sunset, you can see the whole temple lit by oil lamps. You can also indulge in shopping for original Kerala silk sarees and other famous artefacts of Kerala from the shops around the temple. After that, you can have an early dinner and retire to your hotel room.
Day 2: Wake up early by 4 a.m. and go to the temple to get a glimpse of the Bal Krishna form of the deity. Have delicious south-Indian breakfast at any of the restaurants near the temple. Then you can set out to visit the Anakotta - The Guruvayur Elephant Sanctuary to watch 60-80 elephants living together in a 10-acre land and going about their lives. After that, you can have lunch and depart from Guruvayor having had a beautiful spiritual experience.

How can I commute within Guruvayur?

Most of the places are at a walkable distance. Taxis and Autos are also easily available. However, it is advisable for visitors to fix the tarrifs before hopping onto one.
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What are the top restaurants in Guruvayur?

The best places to eat in Guruvayur are Theertham, Ganapathy Bhavan, Indian Coffee House, Kaustubham, KTDC Mangalaya Restaurant, Thulasi. You can see all the places to eat in Guruvayur here

What are the top sightseeing places in Guruvayur?

The top sightseeing places in Guruvayur are Punnathurkotta Elephant Palace, Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, Guruvayoor Temple, Parthasarthy Temple, Institute of Mural Painting, Statues of Maraprabhu and Guruyaur Kesavan.
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