Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. The temple is described as ‘Bhooloka Vaikuntam’ and ‘Dwaraka of the south’. It is a heaven on earth for many. The temple opens to the melody of ‘Nadaswaram’ at 3 am every day for the ‘Nirmalya Darshan’. Devotees make many offerings to propitiate the deity for health, wealth and prosperity.
Guruvayoor historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajathambam (flag post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil BhagaVathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Budget and luxury hotels are available near to the temple.You have options to visit ‘Punnathur Kotta’, where the 51 odd elephants of Guruvayoor temple are housed. This is the largest tamed elephant park in the world.