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Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, The Most Visited And Worshiped Temple Of Keralites

Updated on July 15, 2017
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Sunilkunnoth loves spiritual sojourns and makes frequent travels to the pilgrimage centres across India.

Lord Guruvayurappan
Lord Guruvayurappan | Source

The god fearing Malayalees have a strange obsession. It is in their blood- the firm belief in Lord Guruvayurappan. It is an undeniable fact that Guruvayurappan is the most loved, worshiped and visited god of the Keralites. The presiding deity of the Guruvayur temple’s sanctum sanctorum is Lord Vishnu but in his avatar form of Lord Krishna. The temple is also known as ‘Dwaraka of South India’. It has another holy name 'Bhuloka Vaikunta’, means the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth.

The temple in Guruvayur, a township in Kerala, is visited by millions of people and mostly from South India. Apart from the Malayalees, a large chunk of devotees from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh visit the temple. The most number of people reach here is during their annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala Ayyappa temple during the October-January season. The history of the temple as per records dates back to 1000 years.

Features of the Vigraha (Idol)

It is a sheer delight to watch and pray before the idol of Lord Guruvayurappan. The central icon is a four-armed standing Lord Krishna with four hands carrying the conch ‘Panchajanya’, the discus ‘Sudarshana Chakra’, the mace ‘Kaumodaki’ and a Lotus with Holy Basil (Tulsi) garland.

The temple opens at 3.00 am. Attending the ‘Nirmalya Darshan’ and ‘Vakacharthu’ at the wee hours is a divine experience. The temple will be closed at 10.00 pm. There will be a restriction for ‘darshan’ at some fixed intervals during the day for ‘pooja’ purpose.

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Guruvayur Sri Krishna TempleGuruvayur Kesavan, statue of the elephantMammiyur Temple The oldest form of the templeA nearby shop which sells various articles related to pooja and  other souvenirs.A night view of the templeSurrounding area of the templeAyyappa Devotees A temple ritual to make kids more smart
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple | Source
Guruvayur Kesavan, statue of the elephant
Guruvayur Kesavan, statue of the elephant | Source
Mammiyur Temple
Mammiyur Temple | Source
The oldest form of the temple
The oldest form of the temple | Source
A nearby shop which sells various articles related to pooja and  other souvenirs.
A nearby shop which sells various articles related to pooja and other souvenirs. | Source
A night view of the temple
A night view of the temple | Source
Surrounding area of the temple
Surrounding area of the temple | Source
Ayyappa Devotees
Ayyappa Devotees | Source
A temple ritual to make kids more smart
A temple ritual to make kids more smart | Source

How to Reach

Guruvayur temple, the abode of Lord Sri Guruvayurappan is located 29 km north-west to Thrissur. It has good connectivity by all means of transport with major towns and cities of India.

By Road

Guruvayur is 8 km (15 minutes drive) from Kunnamkulam and just 29 km (30 minutes drive) from Thrissur. Both private operators and government owned KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) run buses to the temple town frequently. The KSRTC bus stand is just 500 meters to the west of the temple and private stand also at the same distance but the east side of the temple. From both bus stands, it is just walkable distance only.

Distance chart from major towns/cities in South India to Guruvayur (Km. in bracket)

Alleppey (140 km), Cochin (108) Kannur (222), Kozhikode (129), Thrissur (29), Palakkad (95). Trivandrum (330), Kanyakumari (419), Bangalore (392), Chennai (635).

By Rail

There is a railway station at Guruvayur by the same name. It is towards the east side of the temple. But travelers from Mangalore/Calicut side can’t travel up to Guruvayur as it has no rail connectivity from that side. They need to get down either at Kuttippuram or Pattambi station and from there by bus. Kuttipuram is fine and the bus stand is just behind the railway station. (The bus journey from Kuttippuram to Guruvayur will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes).

Travelers from Kanyakumari/Trivandrum/Ernakulam/Thrissur side can directly reach Guruvayur by train itself. There are enough train services including Passenger and Express trains.

By Air

The nearest airport is Kochi International airport also known as Nedumbassery airport. (Nedumbassery is in between Angamaly and Aluva towns of Ernakulam district). Calicut airport is another choice, which is 100 km away.

General Information

Admission to the temple is restricted to Hindus. (but no restriction for Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs)

Observe temple rules.

Not allowed: Shirt, pants, lungi, chappal, pajama and indecent dresses

No Camera, video, radio, mobile allowed. Mobile phone, even if switched off, will not be allowed.

There is a special facility for ‘dharshan’ for the senior citizens from 7 am to 8 am and 4.30 pm to 6 pm. (It may be changed and depends upon certain special functions of the temple).


The Devaswom Board arranges online booking. For this, full room rent and reservation charges should be sent to the following address by DD or MO well in advance: The Administrator, Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur-680 101. While sending money, full information about the reservation should be given. For details, contact any of the following numbers: 0487-2556660/2556232.

Satram (Inn)

The Devaswom Satram is located a little away from the Eastern Gopuram. It has more than 100 rooms. Details are given below:

Kousthubham Rest House (Ph: 0487-2556537; Fax: 2554844)

Panchajanyam (Ph: 0487-2556535; Fax: 2554844)

Sreevalsam Guest House (Ph: 0487-2556539)

Contact Information (STD Code 0487)

Guruvayur Temple (2556280)

Guruvayur Admin. Office (2556660/2556232)

Chairman (2556610)

Devaswom Medical Centre (2556620)


Police Station (2556362)

KSRTC (2556450)

Guruvayur Railway Station (2556820)

Thrissur Railway Station (2423150)

Kuttippuram Railway Station (0494-2608324)

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Nearby Temples/Attractions

Punnathur Kotta – 3km from Guruvayur temple. (Please see the video). Timing: 8 am to 6 pm. Camera charge Rs.25/-, Video Rs.1,000/- Anayoottu (elephant feeding) Rs. 6,000/-. For more details, contact: 0487 2556004.

Punnathoor Temple/Kovilakam – You can see elephant feeding and bathing. It has nearly 65 elephants.

Mammiyoor Shiva Temple – Walkable distance from Guruvayur Temple. It is believed that your visit to Guruvayur will be completed only if you reach Mammiyoor also.

Thiruvenkitam Temple - This is also known as Kerala Tirupati. You will see this on your way from Mammiyoor to Guruvayur railway station, nearly 1 ½ km away.

Parthasarathy Temple – Near Guruvayur railway station.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)


      Your visit and comments are highly appreciated. It is a true fact that Guruvayur is a place where we feel utmost 'bhakthri' and the ambiance there is something special and cannot describe in mere words.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      I'm a regular visitor to Guruvayur temple. Every time I visit my home land Kerala I visit here also. Beautiful hub with a lot of information. I too have written a hub about this temple. Voted up.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I am happy that you liked the temple. If you love Temples in India, you can check on my page as I have done a couple of hubs on the topic. Thank you for the visit and comments.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, what a lovely Temple, I always wanted to visit India and see the Temples, Thanks for sharing with us, nell

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Chitraji

      So glad to read your comments. You are lucky that once you had visited this great temple. I am happy that you find this article very interesting and useful. Thank you so much for your nice comments and voting up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub about Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple!

      You provided a very useful travel guide and it will be helpful to many who want to visit this place.

      I have seen this temple when I visited Kerala, long time back.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Voted up!

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      Nivya 3 years ago

      Awesome....:) One among the pride of Kerala...thanks for giving an splendid visual experience....

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)


      This temple is about 100 km away from my home and I visited it even today. Though entry to Non Hindus are prohibited here, you can visit the outer area and the elephant camp a few km away from the temple. Today I saw a lot of foreign nationals, mostly Europeans roaming around the temple enjoying the new experience and taking some snaps. Please do visit Kerala and enjoy your stay here. Thanks for your nice comments.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and informative. I have not been to India and this was an interesting tour of the temple and god. I enjoyed reading this and your photos are great.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @always exploring

      Thanks for your visit and comments. I am happy that you loved it. I have done a couple of hubs featuring the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of India and some special hubs on Kerala better known as God's Own Country to give people like you some new insight, who are passionate about knowing other culture/region. Hope you will find and read the same. Have a nice day.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)


      Thanks for reading and leaving an encouraging comments here. I am happy that you enjoyed it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very interesting. It's nice to learn about new areas. The temple is amazing. Thank you for sharing...

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely photos and so interesting about this temple. I found this hub to be useful and most informative.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi dear

      Thanks for your reading and comments. I am glad that you loved my description of this holy temple.

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      Chakravarthy D S 3 years ago from India

      Good one,

      I could see the entire temple visually, by your description.