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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Guruvayur?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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If you happen to be in Guruvayur on your next vacation, we assure you that it is going to be spiritually a very refreshing trip. We give a few suggestions that may suit your schedule. Well, no compulsion as such, ultimately the choice has to be yours.

       Day 1

  • Check into a hotel of your choice in the morning, rest for some time and have a refreshing breakfast. Post breakfast, step out of your hotel and give yourself some time to admire the scenic beauty and tranquillity that Guruvayur’s religious environs embody.
  • Then ready yourself to pay your sincere obeisance to Lord Krishna and walk to the highly revered Guruvayur Temple. The sanctum sanatorium, built by Lord Parasurama himself, has 3 layers inside of it, with the original idol of Lord Vishnu residing in the third layer. The idol is illuminated by a 100 golden lamps.
    Apart from this, you must also explore the remaining of the temple complex. The temple closes to
    darshan-seekers from 2 pm to 4 pm. So, leave the temple complex at about 1 pm.
  • Head to East Nada, which is nearby, for lunch. You can go to Saravana Bhavan or Indian Coffee House, among others, and treat yourself to an authentic South Indian lunch.
  • Move towards Chamundeswari Temple now and offer your prayers to Goddess Durga, the presiding deity here. One separate shrine in the temple is devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy, an ancient South Indian deity. So, do not miss that.
  • From here, go to Parthasarathy Temple, located about 1 km away from Guruvayur Temple. The sight of Lord Krishna perched on a chariot and preaching to Arjuna is a truly fascinating one.
  • From here, if you do have time, pay a quick visit to Venkatachalapathy Temple, just adjoining Parthasarathy Temple. Then, quickly head back to Guruvayur Temple to reach just in time to catch the performance of Krishnaattam, a traditional dance form, performed here for public outside the complex every day in the evening.
  • After this, you can stroll around in the surrounding area where you will find a number of shops which sell devotional texts and music. Also, you can shop for brassware, mural paintings, lamps, electronic items and the authentic and unique Kerala handicrafts.
    relish here a variety of sweets unique to this place such as
    Padappadams, Murukkus, etc.
  • After this busy and quite tiring day, you must head back home by about 10 pm and treat yourself with a wholesome vegetarian dinner. Soothe yourself with the devotional music you have bought some time ago and smoothly make a passage to the world of dreams.

    Day 2
  • Wake up by 8 am and get ready for your today’s adventures. After a wholesome breakfast, head straight to Punnathur Kotta, the largest elephant sanctuary in India, about 3 km away from Guruvayur. Auto may be a good mode to commute. You can look around at the abandoned palaces, the admirable elephants and the rustic terrains. So, if you reach this place at, say, 11 am, you can spend another 3 hours here.
  • For lunch, you can carry your packed food as there are hardly any eating joints in the vicinity. Else, you can visit Ramakrishna Restaurant for some delicious South Indian or North Indian cuisines.
  • Post lunch, you should take the road leading to Chavakkad Beach, which is about 3 km from here. It is a sandy stretch at the edge of coconut groves, where you can spend an evening watching the sunset, or see the fishermen at work when they bring in their boats. You can spot a zillion fishes doing interesting antics on the shores which will keep you hooked for long hours.
  • When it begins to get dark, board an auto and proceed to your hotel accommodation. Enjoy a relaxing sleep after a sumptuous dinner.

As per the tradition, pay your last homage at Mammiyoor Temple, just close to Guruvayur Temple, before you leave the town the next day. Trust us, Guruvayur will remain fresh in your memory for many days to come. Such is the soothing magic of this sacred land!

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