Guruvayoor temple, Guruvayur Overview
Located in the Guruvayoor town, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrim hubs in Kerala. It is one of the most revered temples in South India where the presiding deity Lord Vishnu is worshipped in Balkrishna Avtar. Lord idol is adorned with four hands each carrying a conch, a mace, a discus and a lotus and is also known by the name of Unnikrishnan. Garlanded with the Tulasi or Basil Garland and pearl necklace, the lord appears in full radiance blessing the devotees.
According to a legend, the temple was created by the preceptors of the Gods, Guru and God of winds, Vayu. The astonishing idol of Lord Unnikrishnan Guruvayur is made out of a rare mixture called Padala Anjanam instead of stone or metal which was more commonplace in the olden times. Simple in its construction, the spiritual charm of this place is unmatched and has devotees flocking to it from all over the country. However, this temple is open only to the believers of Hindu faith, and there might be long queues at the entrance but completely worth as you enter the temple complex.
Guruvayur Temple:On your arrival at Cochin airport/railway station our representative/chauffeur will receive you and drive you to Guruvayur which is 85 kms from Cochin airport. Guruvayur which is also known as the Dwaraka of south India is the most popular pilgrim centre in Kerala. On your arrival in Guruvayur check-in to your hotel. You can go for temple visit and local sightseeing in Guruvayur in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Guruvayur Sightseeing Morning visit the Lord Krishna temple to offer prayer and seek blessings. After the temple darshan visit the elephant camp in the Punnathur kotta which is just 3 kms from the Guruvayur temple. Currently there are more than 60 elephants in the camp which is the largest elephant sanctuary in India. The Guruvayur trip will be incomplete without visiting this elephant sanctuary. You can also visit Venkitachalapathy temple, Harikanyaka temple and Nava Mukunda temple which is near to the Lord Krishna temple. After your visit we drive you back to Cochin.