Importance of Guruvayur
Guruvayur is a small town in the beautiful land of Kerala. However, it is very prominent for its ancient and important Shri Krishna Temple, which is fourth biggest temple in India in terms of number of people visiting per day. According to the legent, the idol was brought here from Dwaraka by Vayu Deva and Brahaspathy, before the city was destroyed. Hence, Guruvayur takes its name from Guru (Brahaspathy) and Vayu (Vayudeva).
How to reach Guruvayur
Guruvayur is 95 KM by road from Kochi by National Highway 66. You can travel by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) which operates several buses from Kochi to Guruvayur. Taxi charges from Kochi would be nearly Rs 2500. The drive would take less than 3 hours normally. Guruvayur is well connected by road to Coimbatore (4 hours) and Calicut (3 hours).
Guruvayur is connected by rail and come local passenger trains are operating from Ernakulam Junction. An overnight express also connects Guruvayur from Chennai. However, for a long distance traveller, Thrissur ( 30 KM) railway station is preferrable as it is connected by direct trains from from all major cities in India. Buses and Taxis ply quite frequently between Thrissur and Guruvayur.
The nearest Airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 87 KM ( 2 hours 30 minutes). Other Airport near Guruvayur is Calicut International Airport, Karipur. (100km).