Tourist places around Guruvayoor

Parthasarathy Temple

Similar to Guruvayoor temple, daily rituals in Partasarathy Temple also include Usha pooja, ucha pooja, Athazha pooja, 3- times seeveli, deeparadhana etc. Palpayasam, appam, ada ,venna (Butter), sugar, plantain, ghee lamp, garlands, Archana are some of the main offerings to the Lord. It is also possible to book and conduct offerings like Udayastamana pooja, Chuttuvilakku with in a week’s time. As a part of special connection between Guruvayoor Temple and Parthasarathy Temple, it is a practice on Guruvayoor Ekadesi day to take a procession from Guruvayoor Temple in the morning accompanied by three caparisoned elephants and Pancha Vadya to Parthasarathy Temple and return by noon. Similarly soonafter the Deeparadhana, a beautiful decorated chariot with Idol of Lord Krishna will be taken to the procession from Parthasarathy temple to Guruvayoor temple and return after completing one Parikarma of the temple- tank

St. Thomas Church, Palayoor

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Palayur is located at Palayur (also spelt Palayoor), in Thrissur district in Kerala on the west coast of India. According to tradition, it was established in 52 AD by St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. It is one of the oldest churches in India and is called an Apostolic Church credited to the Apostolate of St. Thomas who preached and also started conversion of people to Christianity here. It was part of the seven churches that he established in India; the other six churches were established at Cranganore, Kokkamangalam, Kottakkavu, Kollam, Niranam, and Chayal (Nilackal). The original small Church structure has been retained at the oldest site. But substantial improvements around it were carried out during the 17th century by Reverend Fenichi, as necessary, without sacrificing the main sanctity of the place.

Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Krishna (an avatar of the god Vishnu), located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as “Bhuloka Vaikunta” which translates to the “Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth”. Situated in the middle of a large courtyard, the main shrine is surrounded by arcades, souvenir shops, an open theater, a vast pond and several other buildings. A few elephants are always kept inside the courtyard. Entry into the temple is limited to Hindus, while everyone is permitted in the courtyard, arcades and so on. Topping up Guruvayoor pilgrimage with a visit to Mammiyoor Sive temple is a long held custom. Visited by many devotees, Mammiyoor temple is conveniently located within 1 km from the western side of town (West Nada).

Mammiyoor Temple

Mammiyoor temple or famously known as Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram is a Shiva temple situated in Guruvayoor, Thrissur district of Kerala, India. Every devotee who goes to Guruvayur Temple is supposed to go to Mammiyoor also, as the ritual goes. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple premises. The temple is a part of the 108 famous Shiva temples in Kerala and one among the five Shiva temples around Guruvayoor. The main deity is Lord Shiva and he is facing east and is in rowdra bhava. Later, an idol of Lord Vishnu was also installed to reduce the anger of Lord Shiva. Here, the Lord is a family man, with Goddess Parvati on his lap, and Lords Ganesha, Subrahmanya and Ayyappa beside. Nagas, Bhadrakali and Brahmarakshass are also installed in the temple. This temple is managed by Malabar Devaswom Board. Daily three poojas are conducted. Puzhakkara Chennas Mana is the hereditary Thanthri of this temple too. Shivaratri and Ashtami Rohini are the major festivals.


Punnathurkotta is a fort and former palace located in Kottapadi, about 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, in Thrissur District of Kerala State in South India. Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has been renamed Anakkotta (meaning “Elephant Fort”). There were 86 elephants housed there, but currently there are about 59 elephants. The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa.

Chettuva backwater

Chettuva is more than a brilliant mix of canals, coconuts and islets. Broadened backwater stretches into the receiving hands of Mother Ocean, about a kilometre past Chettuva Bridge. With rough waves, the harbour is wild and beautiful.Tourists are only starting to discover Chettuva. The credit for putting Chettuva on tourism map goes to Rajah Group, a well settled local business. One of the best ways to spend the extra hours you have after visiting Guruvayoor is to have boating at Chettuva.  The place to get to is Rajah boat yard, which is on the left side before Chettuva bridge as you travel from Chavakkad along the highway. Apart from different types of boats, they also operate a couple of house boats.They also have set up an up market Ayurvedic resort in one of the islands. Half an hour car or auto rickshaw ride takes you to Chettuva. About 8 kms from Guruvayoor, Chettuva is along the Chavakkad – Cochin coastal highway.

Elephant Park (Anakotta)

Anakotta (aka anathavalam), an elephant park with no parallel, has become a tourist sensation. Elephants belonging to Guruvayoor temple are kept in a ten acre plot near Mammiyoor. Walking alongside of fifty to eighty elephants is an experience, and is possible by travelling just 4 kms from Guruvayoor town.

Homestays, Hotes & Resorts in Guruvayoor