Places to Visit in Guruvayur
Guruvayur also written as Guruvayoor or Gurupavanapuri, is a municipal town in Thrissur district of Kerala. It houses famous temple and pilgrimage, which is visited by many devotees every day. According to the legends, Guruvayur is around 5,000 years old as there are no such historical records of its establishment.
Following are few of the places that one can explore in Guruvayoor.
Topping up Guruvayoor pilgrimage with a visit to Mammiyoor Sive temple is a long-held custom. Visited by many devotees, Mammiyoor temple is conveniently located within 1 km from the western side of town (West Nada).
Also, there is a Sri Krishna Temple, which is a famous site to visit and fourth largest temple in India.
Elephant Park (Anakotta)
Anakotta (aka Anathavalam), an elephant park with no parallel, has become a tourist sensation. Elephants belonging to Guruvayur temple are kept in a ten-acre plot near Mammiyoor. Walking alongside fifty to eighty elephants is an experience, and is possible by travelling just 4 km from Guruvayur town.
Christianity in Kerala dates back to the early period immediately after the days of Jesus. St. Thomas, one of his disciples, brought Christianity to India. Palayoor Church, 2 km from Guruvayur town, stands in testimony to the pioneering work of the saint. Initially built by St. Thomas, the Church is an interesting place to gain insights into the development of one of the major religions in Kerala.
Chettuva is more than a brilliant mix of canals, coconuts, and islets. Broadened backwater stretches into the receiving hands of Mother Ocean, about a kilometer past Chettuva Bridge. With rough waves, the harbor is wild and beautiful.
One of the best ways to spend the extra hours you have after visiting Guruvayoor is to have boating at Chettuva. The place to get to is Rajah boat yard, which is on the left side before Chettuva Bridge as you travel from Chavakkad along the highway.
Blangad beach is only a few km’s away from Chettuva backwaters and harbor. Although not a great swimming spot, the beach is a good choice for evening strolls as well as watching sunsets. Best time to be here is around 5 PM, to see fishers in action as they reach back from the sea. Blangad is near Chavakkad and is about 7 km from Guruvayur.