Gurvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim towns in Southern India.
The nearest airport is Nedumbassery (87 km)
Though there is a railway station at Gurvayoor, it is more convenient to take the train up to Thrissur and then take a taxi (approx Rs 300) to Gurvayoor.
You can get a bus from near Railway station (KSRTC) or a private bus from Shakthan Thampuran Bus Stand.
Aana kota just 2km from gvr.
- Athirapally, In the Sholayar ranges, this 80 ft high waterfall is a popular picnic spot.
- Bhagavathy Temple
- Cheraman Juma Masjid (at Kodungalloor), Strange but true this mosque resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. The mosque was built in 629AD. This is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma prayers were started.
- Cheruthuruthy, Seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned world over for its Kathakali training center. Training in Kalamandalam, Mohiniattam, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala are imparted here. Ph - 0488-462418
- Elephant Fort, Punnathoorkotta, Home to about 50 temple elephants
- Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple,
- Mammiyoor Shiva Temple
- Parthasarathy Temple
- Portuguese Fort
- Saint Thomas Memorial (at Kodungalloor) - Formerly called Muziris. One of the apostles St. Thomas is believed to have landed here. The church established by him has some very ancient relics.
- Sri Krishna Temple - Open from 3am in the morning to 9:15pm in the night with a brief closure between 12:30PM to 3:30PM.
- Thiruvanchikulam Temple ,
- Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple
- Vazhachal, Nestled among dense green cover the Chalakudy river creates this beautiful waterfall ideal for a picnic.
- Choolpuram, Famous tourist spot.
Around the temple one can find plenty of pure vegetarian restaurants. The cuisine is mostly South Indian. Most restaurants serve good ghee roast dosa.
- Krishna Inn, East Nada, 0487-2550777.
Once you're done with all the temple visits, head to Chavakkad Beach around five Kms from Guruvayur. A beautiful quiet beach during the day. To watch the fishermen bring in their catch get to the beach around 5PM - an awesome sight with a zillion fish on display on the beach itself. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the beach was despite such frenetic activity - no trash lying around!