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Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur
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Visit a sacred site of Hindu pilgrimage at Guruvayur Temple, a temple complex dedicated to Vishnu, here worshipped in the form of Krishna. The temple's origins remain shrouded in mystery: some believe the icon worshipped here to be over 5,000 years old, while other estimates reference the first time that it appeared in a text, back in the 16th century CE. The temple adheres strictly to its routines and dress code, and non-Hindus do not have access to the main building. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Guruvayur holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Guruvayur Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Woh. Very spiritual experience and once in a life time experience of witnessing vakacharthu. Quite amazing experience. 
  • it was a bit busy when i visited guruvayoor temple... but it was a good experience as always. hope to go there soon again 
  • One of the most important pilgrim center in Kerala. The place is special for infants. The temple and its surroundings brings a spiritual feeling among the devotees. Off season visit is best to avoid c...  more »
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  • One of the best and most sacred temples of Southern India, Also know as "Dwaraka of South India" Its better to visit off-season as the crowed will be lesser, but even during the peak season the queue is very systematic. If is off-season there is no need to book any stays in advance there are many hotels nearby offering accommodation/stays at walk-able distance. However there is strict dress code that has to be followed. Men - Veshti/Dhothi and a white colour shawl. Women - Saree/Salwar Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple.
  • I used 2 visit this temple once in a month...it is one of most famous sree Krishna temple...the darshan at 3 am in the morning is called "nirmalyam" by which Lord can be seen with decorations of previous night and it is believed that by this darshan all our sins will be wiped off..it is the best time for darshan...it is so divine to watch athazha seeveli here which starts at 8.45 pm..I recommend to stay in guruvayur dewasom rest houses(panchajanyam,kousthubham,sreevalsam guest house)..i think they will start online booking soon..currently online booking is not available...
  • I visited this temple along with my friends. We went early morning in a bike from Kochi. Weather was very good on the way. Roads are ok. This is one of the famous temple in Kochi. If you are fond of temples then this is a must visit if you visit Kerala.
  • According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. In the 14th century Tamil literature 'Kokasandesam', references about a place called Kuruvayur is there. As early as 16th century (50 years after the Narayaneeyam was composed) many references are noted about Kuruvayur. In ancient Dravidic, Kuruvai means sea, hence the village on the coast may be called Kuruvayur. But according to Prof. K V Krishna Iyer (eminent historian), the Brahmins had begun to come and settle at Kodungalloor during the period of Chandra Gupta Maurya ( 321-297 BC). Trikkunavay in the Guruvayur documents is the same as Thrikkanamathilakam or Mathilakam mentioned in the Dutch and British records. And this place was in between Guruvayur and Kodungalloor. Guruvayur was Trikkunavay's subordinate shrine since they were destroyed by the Dutch in 1755. That way Guruvayur must have come into existence before 52 AD. The story of Pandyan King building a shrine here may be a reference to the Azhavars , but they are all silent in their writing about Guruvayur. It was Melpathur's Narayaneeyam through which the Temple got publicity. The concept of Unnikrishna popularised by Poonthanam , Kururamma, and Villwamangalam brought more and more devotees to Guruvayur.The devotees who are visiting Guruvayurappan should visit Mammiyoor Sivan temple, which is half kilometer from main temple. 
  • One of the famous temples in kerala. Lord krishna is worshipped here. Beatiful temple with great ambiance. Men wearing pants are not allowed to enter into temple.