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  • Guruvayur, the abode of Lord Sree Guruvayurappan, is located 29 kms north west to Trichur, the cultural capital of the 'God's own country', Kerala. The Guruvayur Temple is unique, as it is not built in the typical South Indian style of temple architecture. For example, its architecture is not massive or grand but simple in keeping with the style of Kerala houses. Its four gateways lead to the main gopuram (where the idol is installed), protected by a slopping terracotta roof made of Mangalore tiles. Again, in true Kerala style, the temple owns 36 mighty elephants that live at Punnathur Fort, 4 km north of the temple. The Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is a famous Krishna temple located in the town of Guruvayur in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus and is often referred to as "Bhooloka Vaikuntam" which translates to the holy abode of Vishnu on Earth. The divine idol installed here represents the enchanting form of Sree Krishna endowed with the four lustrous arms carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and the lotus. Adorned with the divine Tulasi garland the idol represents the majestic form of Maha Vishnu as revealed to Vasudeva and Devaki at the time of Krishna avatar; Hence it is also known as Dwaraka of the south (of India). Shri Krishna is popularly known here by different names such as Kannan, Unni-Kannan, Unni-Krishnan, Balakrishnan, and Guruvayoorappan.
  • Guruvayur Temple
  • The Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is one of the most important and sacred hindu pilgrim centers in South India. The temple known as 'Dwarka of the South' is 5000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Brahma himself worshiped this very idol at Dwarka. The idols of Lord Ganapati, Sri Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy also in this temple.
  • A visit to this temple will enlighten you about the traditions and religious beliefs of the people of Kerala. The temple is known for its magical healing powers. Exquisite paintings and huge murals adore the temple walls. The temple only allows Hindus to enter. May be Guruvayur is the only temple in Kerala where wedding ceremonies and annaprasanam (the first rice feeding ceremony of child) are held through out the year.
  • Institute of Mural Paintings
  • Institute of Mural painting in Guruvayur is established in 1989 and is managed by Guruvayur Devaswom. Shri Mammiyoor Krishnankutty, renowned master of mural painting founded this istitute. The institute is located at the east gate of the Guruvayur temple follows a traditional Gurukula system with residential facilities for the students. It offers many courses for the art loving students. The courses offered include five year diploma courses in mural painting, aesthetics, sculpture and art. This institute arranges exhibitions, seminars and training related to the art and culture of Kerala.
  • Elephant Camp
  • Elephant Camp in the Punnathur Kotta is managed by Guruvayur Devaswom. It is the largest elephant sanctuary in India and at present it has more than 60 elephants. All these elephants are offered to Guruvayur temple by the devotees of Guruvayurappan. Many renowned elephants like Guruvayur Kesavan and Guruvayur Padmanabhan was camped here. This elephant sanctuary is a specimen example elephant love and preservation and the elephants are well treated in this camp. These elephants carry Guruvayur temple idols in the procession known as Shiveli. To select the elephant to carry Guruvayurappan Idol during the festival, they conduct in an elephant race in the temple and the winner carries the idol. This race (Anayottam) attracts thousands of tourists to this place. The Camp is open to public from 9am to 5pm. Nominal entrance fee is charged.
  • Devaswom museum
  • Devaswom museum located very close to Guruvayur temple's east gate has many collections of antiques, temple materials, mural paintings, musical instruments and other valuable materials. The museum stores valuable offerings in the temple. Devaswom museum also displays the images and remains of famous religious poets like Melapthur and Poonthanam. Adornments used in folk arts like Krishnanattam and Kathakali can also been seen here. The precious items like nettipattom used to adorn renowned elephants in Guruvayur are also displayed in this museum. The museum is open to public on all days.
  • Temple Darshan
  • A visit and pray in the Sri Krishna Temple is a must. Only Hindus allowed inside the temple. The temple opens morning 3 am to 9 am, 11.30 to 12.30 and 4.30 to 9.15 pm. The temple has many powers and many believe that a visit and pray to the deity will heal them.
  • Elephant Camp
  • The Punnathoor Kotta, 4 km away which houses more than 60 elephants is the largest elephant sanctuary in India. You can see the renowned elephants here.
  • Walk on the Beach
  • Chavakkad, 3 km from Guruvayur has very good beach. You can wet your feet on the shore when the tide passes you.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Guruvayoor. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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