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    Guruvayur

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    Guruvayur, also spelled as Guruvayoor, is a temple city fittingly situated in God’s own country, Kerala. Surrounded by interesting folklore, the city is home to the Guruvayur temple. The destination is a renowned pilgrimage destination for Hindus across the world and hence, attracts tourists by the thousands every year. The temple’s history goes back to about 5000 years and during this time, the city surrounding the temple has become very hospitable to pilgrims visiting to get a glance of the legendary idol of Lord Krishna.

    If you count yourself among these pilgrims, and are planning a trip to Guruvayur, here’s a list of the best Guruvayur hotels that will make your time here more delightful:

    Top 10 Guruvayur Hotels

    The following are the best hotels in Guruvayur, offering a perfect stay and a lot more than your expectations!

    1. Srivar Hotels

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    One of the best rated Guruvayur hotels, the photos of this hotel are reason enough for it to be at the top of this list. The Srivar hotel is centrally located, tastefully decorated, and is run by a committed team of professionals. The hotel has recently opened the doors to its rooftop restaurant. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the city and is the perfect place to have a quiet lunch after a visit to the Guruvayur Temple.

    Additional Info: The hotel offers an all-air conditioned collection of rooms and has a strict policy against smoking in the premises, making it perfect for families. The hotel also houses a compact banquet hall, which is perfect for intimate family celebrations.

    Distance From Temple: 550 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 2700 (prices may vary with demand)

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    2. Kunnathur Mana Ayurveda Heritage And Luxurious Resort

    Perhaps one of the most special properties in the city, the Kunnathur Mana Resort is housed within a 130 year old ayurveda resort and yet offers all the amenities a modern traveler could ever ask for. The heritage resort is surrounded by surreal scenery and the rooms reflect traditional Kerala architecture from a different era. While the resort isn’t as close to the temple, the 11 kilometer distance gives travelers some respite from the crowds flocking to the city centre. The resort is also in close proximity to a quaint beach.

    Additional Info: Kunnathur Mana Ayurveda Heritage & Luxurious Resort boasts an in-house ayurveda expert that offers ayurveda treatments and massage. A massage, or a consultation with the expert is highly recommended.

    Distance From Temple: 11 Kilometers
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 4000 (prices may vary with demand)

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    3. Sterling Guruvayur

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    The first branded Guruvayur Hotel, the Sterling Guruvayur is backed by the nationally-renowned hospitality chain Sterling. Like most branded hotels, the hotel offers a collection of 71 rooms. Travelers can choose from classic rooms and premier rooms that offers added luxury. All rooms come equipped with all basic amenities and the hotel architecture closely replicates the typical Kerala style of architecture. The hotel also boasts a well-appointed restaurant and an equally equipped banquet hall.

    Additional Info: The hotel staff boasts immense knowledge about the town and history of Guruvayur. Moreover, they will be more than happy to guide you, and if needed, make arrangements for you to visit nearby tourist spots such as the famous Athirapally Falls.

    Distance From Temple: 1 Kilometer
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 3000 (prices may vary with demand)

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    4. Sopanam Heritage

    Situated just 100 meters from the Guruvayur bus stop, the Sopanam Heritage hotel is one of the best value for money hotels in the area. The hotel boasts spacious rooms along with a garden area and is one of the few properties in Guruvayur with an outdoor pool. The hotel houses a restaurant that serves Indian, Chinese, and Continental delicacies to the visitors. The hotel also houses a tour desk that helps visitors plan and execute short trips from the city.

    Additional Info: The hotel is one of the only few properties that serve non-vegetarian food near the temple premises. The hotel is also equipped with a loaded poolside bar. Most importantly, the hotel staff will arrange a free drop to the Guruvayur Temple for guests staying at the property.

    Distance From Temple: 650 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 2000 (prices may vary with demand)

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    5. Krishna Inn

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    The centrally located Krishna Inn is a known hotel in Guruvayur and has long been a popular choice for pilgrims visiting the city. The hotel offers a family-friendly atmosphere to its guests and is best known for serving authentic Keralite cuisine at its restaurant.

    Additional Info: The check in (3 PM) and check out time (2 PM) are a bit peculiar so guests must keep the same in mind while reserving a room at the Krishna Inn. The hotel also houses a well-equipped business centre enabled with wifi.

    Distance From Temple: 250 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 3500 (prices may vary with demand)

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    6. Guruvayur Heritage By Nexstay

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    Travel back in time to 90s Kerala by booking a stay at the Guruvayur Heritage. Located at a mere 550 meters from the Guruvayur Temple, the experiential Guruvayur hotel offers well-appointed cottages and suites. The wooden ceiling, tasteful interiors, and bakelite switchboards lend the property an old-world charm that is very difficult to find anywhere else in the city. The hotel is run by a team of dedicated professionals that are committed to providing a pleasant stay to each visitor.

    Additional Info: Don’t let the old-timer interiors of this property fool you, it comes loaded with all modern amenities including wifi, room service, a well maintained washroom, along with a well-appointed business centre. The best part, however, is that each cottage comes with a private balcony surrounded by lush green local fauna, perfect for a quiet evening with the family.

    Distance From Temple: 600 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 3000 (prices may vary with demand)

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    7. Sri Anandan Residency

     

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    Owned and operated by a sweet local couple, Mr. & Mrs. Gopinath, Sri Anandan Residency is known for offering visitors with a home away from home. The couple has literally opened the doors of their home for travelers and offer a homely, warm stay to anyone that ends up at their door. For these reasons, Sri Anandan Residency is one of the highest rated properties in the city and competes well against other well-established hotels operated by trained professionals.

    Additional Info: The property boasts two natural ponds that are home to a thriving school of fish. The property also offers an outhouse for those accompanied by their drivers. The outhouse is available at an extra charge.

    Distance From Temple: 800 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 2300 (prices may vary with demand)

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    8. Bhasuri Inn

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    Sometimes, the issue with hotels in towns that have been a tourist attraction is that over time, these hotels deteriorate in terms of quality of service and infrastructure. Thankfully, Bhasuri Inn is an example of the contrary. One of the longest running hotels in the city of Guruvayur, Bhasuri Inn is a well-maintained, family-friendly, and well-managed hotel. The staff is known throughout town for their courteous service and the world-class hospitality they offer.

    Additional Info: Bhasuri Inn houses one of the most popular marriage halls in the city.

    Distance From Temple: 400 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 2000 (prices may vary with demand)

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    9. KTDC Nandanam

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    One of the best options for pilgrims on a budget, the KTDC Nandanam, as the name suggests, is a Kerala Tourism budget hotel located in the railway station premises in Guruvayur. The rooms and amenities offered are pretty basic and despite the low prices, the service has regularly been described at par with other 3-star properties in the city.

    Additional Info: The hotel restaurant is at a distance of 100 meters. While some may find this to be an inconvenience, the food served in the restaurant is well worth the extra effort.

    Distance From Temple: 500 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 1300 (prices may vary with demand)

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    10. Hotel Horizon International

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    Another older property in Guruvayur that has stood the test of time. The Hotel Horizon International is a budget hotel that offers everything a pilgrim could need. The professional staff, spacious room, and equipped banquet hall have made it one of the top choices of venue for wedding ceremonies held in the city.

    Additional Info: Despite being a budget hotel, Horizon International does offer some more pricey, and hence, luxurious rooms options such as their Regal and Presidential suites, which are perfect for pilgrims looking for some extra pampering.

    Distance From Temple: 400 Meters
    Room Tariff: Rooms start at Rs 1700 (prices may vary with demand)

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Guruvayur Hotels


    Q. How do I reach Guruvayur?

    A. Guruvayur is a major pilgrimage city and like others of its kind, the city is well connected to all major towns. Pilgrims can find regular buses from other states to Guruvayur. Within Kerala, the Kerala Road Transport Corporation buses go to Guruvayur from all major towns like Madras, Madurai, Palani, Salem, Coimbatore, Thiruchendur, Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Mookambika etc. If you’re coming by air, the nearest airport is the Cochin airport, which lies at a distance of 80 kilometers from Guruvayur.


    Q. Is there a dress code for Guruvayur Temple?

    A. Yes, the temple follows a strict dress code. Men are supposed to wear a dhoti and no shirts. On the other hand, women are required to wear churidars or saree or salwar kameez. There is a strict prohibition of western clothing within the temple premises.


    Q. What other rules of the temple must I keep in mind?

    A. The temple follows a number of rules that pilgrims need to keep in mind. The temple is only accessible to Hindus and follows a strict dress code. The temple does not allow pilgrims to carry mobile phones, cameras, or other electronic devices. Food and beverages are strictly prohibited inside the temple, and so are leather products. If you are worried about your shoes, belts, or other belongings, you can safely store them at one of the counters present at the entrance of the temple.


    Q. What are the timings of Guruvayur Temple?

    A. The temple opens at 3 AM. Starting at this time, there are non-stop poojas that take place till 12:30 PM. The temple is closed for visitors between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. From 4:30 PM, once again, the temple holds non-stop poojas till 9:30 PM, which is when the temple is closed for the day. The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning as during the day, the temple gets extremely crowded and sometimes, it takes 5-6 hours to be able to visit the inner part of the temple.


    Q. What are some other attractions worth visiting in Guruvayur?

    A. Guruvayur is home to a number of temples besides the main Guruvayur Temple. The most noteworthy are Chamundeshwari Temple, Harikanyaka Temple, Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, and Parthasarathy Temple. The city is also home to a sprawling elephant sanctuary, situated just  3 kilometers away from the Western gate of the main Guruvayur Temple. The Chavakkad Beach is also a great place to visit during your time in Guruvayur and is a mere 15 minute drive from the Guruvayur temple.


    Q. What is the best time to visit Guruvayur?

    A. Since there are not many outdoor activities to undertake in Guruvayur, it is fit for a visit for most of the year. However, it is advisable to schedule your visit during weekdays as the temple gets extremely crowded during the weekends. So much so, that the average time taken to enter the temple premise on a weekend is 5-6 hours.


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