Being one of the most significant pilgrimage city in the country, Guruvayur is also an attractive tourist spot. With a lot to see and do, it has always attracted crowds from all over the country. The idol of Lord Krishna with four arms is one of the major attractions in this city. Apart from this, one can wader off to other tourist spots in and around the Guruvayur city. The Elephant Sanctuary is a popular place to visit and the institute of Mural painting is not worth missing. The religious flock can hover at the various temples including Chamundeswari Temple, Guruvayurappan Temple, Harikanyaka Temple, Nava Mukunda Temple and Venkitachalapathy Temple. With more to see in this city, one must definitely plan a trip here.
Places To SeeGuruvayurappan Temple
Also known as Bhooloka Vaikuntam, Guruvayurappan Temple is the fourth most visited temples in India. It is dedicated to Bal Gopalan, or Lord Krishna as a child. The walls are decorated with mural paintings. The temple is also where Krishnattam Kali, a folk art of Kerala originated. Carnatic music festivals are commonly organized here. The Devaswom Museum
Located near the Guruvayurappan Temple, the museum houses artefacts such as temple materials, musical instruments, antiques, and mural paintings. Ornaments stored in the museum are used to decorate the elephants during the Guruvayur festival. Also on display are idols and items belonging to famous poets such as Poonthanam and Melapthur. Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple
The abode of Lord Shiva, the temple exhibits beautiful mural paintings including those of Mohini, the female incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Palayur Church
It is said that the church was established by St. Thomas, an apostle of Jesus Christ. It is one of the seven churches that were established by him. The serene and meditative environment is greatly enhanced by the beauty of its architecture. The church has 14 granite pillars that depict the life and times of the apostle. Chamundeswari Temple
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is located near the famous Guruvayurappan Temple.
Things To DoThe Elephant Camp
The largest kind of elephant camps in India, the camp is spread across 10 acres of land. It shelters around 60 elephants including the tuskers of the Guruvayurappan Temple. Devotees who visit the temple also come to the camp to make offerings to the elephants. The Institute of Mural Painting
Established in 1989, the institute offers various programs in mural painting, aesthetics, art and sculpture. The ancient gurukul system of teaching is practiced by the institute.