Guruvayoor, the holy abode of Lord Krishna, the
Guruvayoorappan and Lord Shiva, the Mammiyurappan, is
considered to be the Bhooloka Vaikundam due to the presence of
both Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva, Upadevas and the holy
ambience of Temples. Sree Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiripad,
an eminent Sanskrit poet and devotee of Lord Krishna and the
author of "Narayaneeyam" after his darshan of Lord Krishna at
Guruvayur Temple was very expressive in his lines "Sakshath
Gurupavanapure hantha bhaghyam jananam".
Thrissur, the name derived from Thirusivaperoor vernacularised
as Thrissivaperoor and shortened as Thrissur is the abode of
Lord Vadakkumnatha, the Lord Shiva, enshrined in the ancient
Temple on the appex of a small hillock. This temple is unique
in its magnificent structures, sculptures, murals and
religious rites and it is referred as dakshina Kailas.
Thrissur the beautiful town, famous for its grand annual
extravaganza, the "Thrissur Pooram", is the cultural capital
of the Godís own country, Kerala.
How to Reach Guruvayur
By Road - Guruvayoor is well connected with the other parts of
the country by road and rail. The National highway 17 is
passing through Kunnamkulam which is just 8 kms away from
Guruvayoor. The private bus stand is towards the south of the
temple, near Manjulal (the banyan tree). It is half an hour
drive by car from Thrissur and buses ply every 5 minutes from
Thrissur to Guruvayoor.
Kerala state Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs bus
services from all major locations of the state and few
inter-state services to Gurvuvayoor. The bus stand is 200
meters to the south of the temple. Both KSRTC and private
buses offer interstate services to all major South Indian
cities like Madras, Madurai, Palani, Selam, Coimbatore,
Thiruchandoor, Mysore, Mangalore, Uduppi, Mookambika etc.
By Rail - Guruvayoor has got a Railway Station towards the
east of the temple which is connected to the Madras-Mangalore
main line at Thrissur. It has got computerised ticket booking
facility and tickets can be booked to any location from here.
One from the Mangalore side can get down at the Kuttippuram
station. Regular bus services are available from there to
Guruvayoor. Those from the Madras/Trivandrum side can get down
By Air - Kochi International Airport (Nedumbassery) is 80 kms
from Guruvayoor and the Calicut Airport is 100 kms away. All
major international flight services are operated from these