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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to explore around Guruvayur?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Guruvayur is a small place. Once here, you will certainly feel like exploring the places around this sacred town that add to the appeal of this place. After all, isn’t it always wise to not leave any site of tourist interest unseen while on a vacation and get rid of any feelings of regret later? Read on then.

  • Punnathur Kotta

    Located about 3 km from Guruvayur, Punnathur Kotta was formerly housed a palace belonging to the local rulers but today it is the largest elephant sanctuary in India. Spread across an area of 10 acres, with the ancient and majestic
    Punnathur Palace still gracing the grounds, it is an abode to more than 60 elephants which were offered at Guruvayur Temple by the devotees. Visitors can see the elephants being bathed and fed, though most of the time these pachyderms remain chained.
    Interestingly, some elephants are particularly famous among spectators and are called
    Star Elephants, given the fact that they even have fans across Kerala. 
    The authorities organize several festivities and events with the participation of these elephants to honour the gods and entertain the tourists and locals. Some prominent ones are the annual elephant feast,
    Gajapooja (elephant worship) and Anayottam (Elephant Race).
    The sanctuary is open to visitors from 8 am to 5.30 pm and charges INR 5 per adult for entry. If you wish to carry a camera along, you need to shell out INR 25 extra.
  • Harikanyaka Temple

    Located at Ariyanoor, a neighboring hamlet of Guruvayur, this temple is believed to have been built by Perumthachan, a mythical master carpenter. The temple is dedicated to Lord Harikanyaka, a virgin form of Lord Vishnu.
    The temple is particularly visited by devotees during the months of
    March and April when the temple celebrates a 15-day festival in honour of its prime deity.
  • Chavakkad Beach

    Chavakkad Beach is located 5 km from Guruvayur. 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.
    In short, the beach is a perfect place to rejuvenate your senses and relax in the peaceful environs colouring your mind with hues of inner joy.

Well, there seem to be a plenty of places that you can embark on once you are in Guruvayur, isn’t it?

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