Package At Guruvayoor
Guurvayoor PunnathoorAnakotta (Guruvayoor Elephant Sanctuary)
Situated about 2KM from guruvayoor here 86 temple elephants are housed. The compound is around 12 acre plot of coconut groves, Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a local ruler called Punnathur raja. Through the main entrance first we are in front of an old aged building with a NaaluKettu(A traditional rectangular home with a central courtyard). The building is ageing but we can see the old Kerala model architecture. This building also contains a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bagavathy. The visiting hours are 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. The entry fee is -----per adult an extra charge for usage of camera.
Near to anakotta in Gokulam where cows offered to Lord Gururuvayoorappan by his devotees are maintained. At present there are about 550 in the estate.
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Palayoor
This church is located in palayur near guruvayoor. This church was established in 52 AD by St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. This church is located at the abandoned Siva Temple (PalayoorMahadeva Temple, one of the 108 Sivalayas). By the Christian story Palayoor was a sea port, there were lots of jews who were traders.
St Thomas stayed with these traders and converted a lot of people to Christianity. In one of the temple ponds he performed a miracle. By this experience many Brahmins accepted Christianity while the other Brahmin families cursed the place and left saying that they will bathe their next bath at Vemmanadu (5Kms away from palayoor). Even today the pace is known as ‘sapakadu’ or Chavakkadu which means the forest of curse. The unhappy Brahmins went to Vemmanadu and settled down there. The temple was then destructed and new church was created. .