How to reach Guruvayoor ?
The nearest airport to Guruvayoor is Cochin International Airport located at Kochi. The distance betweeb Guruvayoor and Cochin Airport is 87 km. Alternatively, passengers can reach Guruvayoor via Calicut International Airport located at Kozhikode, which is about 100 kms from Guruvayoor. Also, one can reach Guruvayoor via Coimbatore Airport and it is 110 kms away from Guruvayoor. A large helipad at Guruvayur, enables helicopter transportation from Cochin and Kozhikode airport. An aerodrome and heliport is under consideration at Guruvayur, to cater growing number of pilgrims.
Guruvayoor town has its own railway station in same name, where only few inter-city passenger and one inter-state passes. One can take the train to Guruvayoor from Thrissur which is a major railway station where almost all trains bound to Kerala stops.The Guruvayoor railway station is located a km from the temple.
Guruvayoor, being leading pilgrim town, is well connected by buses. KSRTC and Private services connect Guruvayoor with almost all parts of Kerala. One can find regular buses to Guruvayoor from Thrissur, Kochi, Kozhikode, almost one in every half an hour. The Guruvayoor KSRTC Bus station is near the West Gate, while the Guruvayoor Private Bus Stand is near to the east gate. KSRTC also operates few inter-state services from Guruvayur, mainly to Coimbatore, Mysore and Salem. Private luxury bus operators like Kallada, KPN etc operates daily services from Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Madurai etc. to Guruvayoor. Tamil Nadu's SETC also have regular services to Guruvayoor from Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai and Palani, while Karnataka's KSRTC operates Rajahamsa (Executive class Airbus) and Airavat services (Air-conditioned luxury bus) from Bangalore and Mangalore to Guruvayoor.
Guruvayoor is connected rest of country with NH 66 (Mumbai-Kanyakumari highway). Also, several state highways connect Guruvayoor to Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Palakkad etc.
Accommodation at Guruvayoor
Guruvayoor has abundant hotels in the nature of free rooms or service apartment, budget hotel or posh luxurious hotel. Guruvayoor has all these within its 10sq.km of town limit. Being a temple town, that attracts more than 10 million annually, Hotel accommodation is never an issue in Guruvayoor. There are at least 47 Hotels at Guruvayoor of different categories. There are budget hotels like Poornima Tourist Home, Archana Lodge, Maharaja Tourist Home, Hotel Nandanam, Jayasree Lodge etc. to name a few. For people who would prefer moderate hotels, there are hotels like Hotel Fortgate, Ayodhya Hotel, Hotel Elite, Sunrise Hotel, R.V.K.Residency, Hotel Vyshak International etc. And for people who want luxurious hotels, they can opt for hotels like Anand Krishna Residency, Krishna Inn, Kanoos Residency,Hotel Horizon International, Bhasuri Inn, Sree Gokulam Vanamalaa Hotel etc.
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Some importan FAQs on Guruvayoor temple
Whether Non-Hindus are allowed inside Guruvayoor temple ?
Non-Hindus are strictly prohibited from entering inside the Guruvayoor temple and also there is board informing that in the premises. Violators will be heavily fined and if anyone refuses to pay, they can be even arrested. There are security guards around Guruvayoor temple who can pull anyone wearing other religious symbols. Whites and westerners are generally regarded as Non-hindus, even if the believe in Hinduism. But if one can bring a certificate endorsed by Arya Samaj, Kozhikode, then they are admitted inside.But people from religions like Sikhism, Budhism and Jainism are allowed; but Sikhs have to remove their turban and kirpans to enter inside Guruvayoor temple.
Whether children are allowed inside Guruvayoor temple ?
The entry of children inside Guruvayoor temple is not entirely prohibited. But it is preferable not to take small children below 2 years of age inside because in the event of the children urinating inside the temple, parents will be fined and have to pay the temple purification rites.
What is the dress code for men to enter inside the Guruvayoor temple ?
There are extremely rigid dress codes for entering Guruvayoor temple. Men should not wear shirts, baniyans etc and can only wear a shawl to cover the upper body. There can be no full pants or shorts and can only wear a kerala Mundu of white/saffron/black. One cannot wear any other colured dhotis like a lungi or checked ones. However, children under 12 are allowed to wear trousers.
What is the dress code for women to enter inside the Guruvayoor temple ?
Earlier all women except for children had to wear sarees or kerala style mundu. But the rules have been changed recently and now the ladies can wear churidars, pyjamas and kurthas. However, sleeveless or short tops, pants, shorts and denims are not allowed inside the Guruvayoor temple. Also, one should not cover their heads while inside Guruvayoor temple.
Can one take mobile phones and cameras insed Guruvayoor temple ?
Mobile phone, cameras and other electronic devices are prohibited inside Guruvayoor temple and have to be deposited at the cloak room. There is a security check before entering the temple. But one can carry small handbags or purses.
Is there any special paid queue to get fast inside Guruvayoor temple ?
No. Unlike other South indian temples, there is no special queue system to bye pass inside Guruvayoor temple and all the people have to stand in one single queue. But the only exceptions are for senior citizens above 60 and VIPs who have security concerns or protocol laws.
What are the timings of the Guruvayoor temple ?
The temple is open at 3 am and closes after the day's poojas and rituals around 10 pm. In the afternoon, the temple will be closed between 1.30 PM and 4.30 PM