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About Guruvayur
Guruvayoor located 29 kilometers from Thrissur city, is the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. The world famous Shree Krishna Temple is located here. It is also known as the Dwaraka of the south. The temple which dates back to the 16 th century, is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is known as Guruvayurappan. It is at this temple Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri composed his well-known Sanskrit devotional song, 'Narayaneeyam'.

Guruvayur Facts and Figures
Altitude : Sea Level.

How to Reach Guruvayur
Air : Kochi international airport (Nedumbassery) is 80 kms from Guruvayur and the Calicut (Kozhikode) airport is 100 kms away. All major international flight services are operated from these airports.
Rail : Guruvayur has got a railway station towards the east of the temple which is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur. Tourists coming from the Madras/ Trivandrum area can get down at Thrissur, just 29 km away, around one to one and a half hour drive from Guruvayur, and tourists from Mangalore side can get down at the Kuttippram station. Regular bus services are available from these places to Guruvayur.
Road : Guruvayur is well connected with the other parts of the country by road. The National highway is passing through Kunnamkulam which is just 8 kms away from Guruvayur. Several state owned and private buses, as well as taxis and other vehicles regularly ply between Trichur and Guruvayur.

In and Around Guruvayur
Shree Krishna Temple
The fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day, Guruvayur Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Though the devotees worship him as Lord Krishna, the deity is that of a complete man incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu with four arms. This shrine is popularly known as the Dwaraka of south and is in the form of a rectangle. There are a lot of mural paintings around the Shrine. Being one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala, it is probably the only temple in the state that hosts the maximum number of marriages and rice feeding ceremony, the ritual first meal for infants.
Chavakkad Beach

Chavakkad Beach with its virgin waters, will entice you to come again. The famous mural paintings will certainly touch a deep chord in your heart and bring out the hidden artist in you. The beauty of the beach and its mesmerising atmosphere is an experience you wouldn't want to miss.

Punnathur Kotta
Nearly at a distance of 4 kms from Guruvayur. 44 elephants belong to the Guruvayur Krishna Temple are fenced and fed in the Punnathur Kotta. Visitors can watch.
Mammiyoor Temple
Many of the devotees who visit the temple also visit the Shiva Temple at Mammiyoor, the abode of Lord Shiva. Located about half a Kilometer from Guruvayur, it is not only a visiting place for the devotees, but also a temple worth visiting by ordinary visitors.
Kerala Kalamandalam
Kerala Kalamandalam is situated on the banks of Bharathapuzha river in Cheruthuruthy. Founded in 1927, Kerala Kalamandalam, is a place for Kathakali dance drama and other performing arts of Kerala. Here one can see Kathakali, Koodiyattam and Mohniyattam performances in its theatre, known as Koothambalams. In kalamandalam there are schools specializing in the dance / theatre forms of Kathakali and Koodiyattam offer visitors an insight into the Keralas traditional arts.

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