Guruvayur is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna Temple, considered ‘the Dwaraka of the South’ or ‘Bhuloka Vaikunta’, which translates to as "Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth". This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, God of the winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall thirty three and a half meter high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag- post). There is also a seven meter high ‘Deepasthambam’ (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. The presiding deity of the Guruvayur Temple is four-armed standing Vishnu, worshipped in the form of his avatar Krishna. Within the temple there are also shrines of Lord Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy. Renowned for its healing powers, people make an astonishing range of offerings here to the Lord. One of the most popular offerings is the ‘Thulabharam’, where devotees are weighed against bananas, sugar, jaggery and coconuts equivalent to their weight. The temple tank (pond) where the annual ‘Arattu’ is held is on the northern side of the temple is called ‘Rudratheertham’ after Lord Shiva and his family who worshipped Lord on the southern bank of this pond. The temple (puja) routines are strictly followed. There are many temples in and around Guruvayur including Mammiyur Temple, Parthasarathy Temple and Venkitachalapathy Temple.


  • Air: The nearest International Airport: Nedumbassery (87 km)
  • Rail: Railway enquiry Ph: 2554300, 2556820
  • Road: Guruvayur is connected by road with several important cities of India. KSRTC enquiry Ph: 2556450
  • Located 30 km from Guruvayur


Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.

Dress Code: Men and boys: White Dhotis; Women: Sarees or churidars; Young girls: Long skirts.; Open 0300 - 1230 hrs, 1630 - 2115 hrs