Guruvayur is one of the famous pilgrim town of Kerala, known for its famous Guruvayur Temple a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna or to Lord Guruvarurappam. The temple has its roots to Mahabharata when Janmajeya, the son of Parikshit vow to kill all snakes including Takshaka which cause his father death. Due to this he suffer from leprosy and got cure when sage Atreya bring him to Guruvayur. Kottayam is another important city in Kerala on banks of river Meenachil where there lots of things to explore.
Guruvayur-Kottayam: What to see?
The scenic pilgrim town Guruvayur is home to famous temples- one can visit the famous Guruvayur Temple, Mammiur Shri Mahadeva Temple, dedicated to Shiva, Chamundeswari Temple located in hilltop, Parthasarthy Temple where one can see temple possession, Harikanya Temple of Mohini, forms of Vishnu. This place is also full of natural beauty, one can visit Chavakkad Beach, Chettuva Lake and enjoy scenic beauty. There is also mangrove forest and ancient caves. In Kottayam one can visit famous Lord Shiva Temple with 16th century architecture. The Thayil Mahadeva Temple has very old paintings and important history. Panachikkadu Temple, also known as the Dakshina Mookambika Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswati in Kottayam. Vishnu is also worshipped here. Both these places surely not to miss for travel and culture enthusiast.
How to reach
Kochi Airport is nearest airport to Guruvayur. From Chennai, Thrissur or from any big city it can be easily reached. Kottayam is also well connected by roads, one can hire car, also State Road Transport Corporation buses are available.
Where to stay?
Gurivayur has both luxury and budget hotel, the price start from as low as INR 810 per night to above INR 5000. In Kottayam budget hotels starts from INR 2000 and luxury resorts can cost INR 8800 per night.