Guruvayur and elephant tour: Guruvayur is a pilgrim center which has its own glory and greatness, mainly because of the divinity enshrined in the Sanctum - Sanctorum (central shrine) of the temple and the unique charm of the idol installed in it.
The Devaswom (Temple) maintains a unique elephant sanctuary, the only one of its kind in the World with 51 elephants. These jumbos are the offering of the devotees to the Lord. The present elephant sanctuary is in Punnathur Kotta about 3 kms north of Guruvayur temple. A large number of pilgrims and tourists visit this fascinating spot every day. In this vast compound, there are road facilities for pilgrims and tourists to go around.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Six to seven hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am. Pick up at 8am.
Others: Guruvayur temple can be seen only from outside and entry for non-hindus is restricted. The Elephant camp where the temple owned elephants are housed is open on all days. Tourists are not allowed to participate in the elephant bathing as it is not done in hygienic surroundings.