Guruvayur Temple is Kerala's most important shrine. Its Deity, Guruvayurappan, has inspired numerous poems from Kerala poets. The temple attracts a constant flow of pilgrims. They throng the temple from very early morning (3 am) to late at night (10pm) to have a darshan of Guruvayurrappan. Guruvayur Temple organizes twenty four festivals annually. The Prominent among the festivals are Ekadasi and Ulsavam. The elephants of Punnathur kotta give the Ulsavam a carnival look and the crowd that gathers make it a memorable experience. The Institute of Mural Painting runs under the Dewaswam Board,trains students in traditional arts.
Guruvayur, where the famous Sree Krishna
Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important
pilgrim centers of Kerala. This is probably the only temple
in the state that hosts the maximum number of marriages and
rice feeding ceremonies (the ritual first meal for infants).
The historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to
local belief, the temple was created by 'Guru', the
'preceptor of the gods' and 'Vayu', the 'god of wind'.
It was also the hub of the 'Guruvayur Sathyagraha' , a
historic movement demanding temple entry rights for the 'so
called' lower castes.
The Devaswom maintains a unique elephant
sanctuary, the only one of its kind in the World. It has 51
elephants now. These jumbos are the offerings of the
devotees to the Lord. A large number of pilgrims and
tourists visit this fascinating spot every day. In this vast
compound, there are road facilities for pilgrims and
tourists to go around.
The present elephant sanctuary is in Punnathur Kotta about 3
kms north of Guruvayur temple. Punnathur Kotta is the
ancient palace of the Punnathur Rajas, now in the possession
of the Devaswom. There is also an ancient temple where Lord
Siva and Bhagavathy are worshiped.
Chavakkad Beach is very popular tourist
area and shooting location. Whole part of pilgrims of
Guruvayur visits.The beaches at Chavakkad present an awesome
sight. The back setters of Chettuva make an ideal place to
spend some time in peace and quiet Chavakkad beach.Distance
from Guruvayur 4 Km.
In 52 A.D. Thomas Didaemus, one of the 12
apostles of Jesus Christ. is believed to have landed at
Musiris (Cranganore) in Kerala. He made his first converts
both Jews and Hindus at Palayur a town now in Trichur
district, Kerala. There he built a small church with an
altar, which he consecrated. This is supposed to be the
oldest church in India. St. Thomas later moved to the east
coast.And settled in Madras (now Chennai) in 64 A.D. after
having travelled all the way to China. Back in Chennai
At night reflections of their little
lamps cross each other drawing endless ephemeral images. A
hanging bridge, floating restaurant, swimming pool, yoga
centre and jogging track are at your disposal. In the
evening you can row yourself in a country boat past the
mangroves to the surrounding villages or with go fishing
with fishing rods or try out the Chinese fishing net. A
luxurious three bedroom Kashmiri house boat build with the
scented Devdar wood and a two bedroom Kerala house boat are
also available for stay.