Mammiyoor Shiva Temple: Tales from Amar Chitra Katha do come to life
A visit to Guruvayur is incomplete without a trip to Mammiyoor. A 3-minute walk from the resort leads you to The Mammiyoor Shiva temple. Marveled at beautiful paintings and rich history, Sterling Guruvayur encourages our Hindu guests to visit the temple to soak in the beauty of the architecture and the various poojas performed during the day. Mammiyoor Shiva temple is part of Kerala's 108 Shiva temples.
The rich history of Mammiyoor temple tells Shiva's story, who moved himself and Sree Parvathy to Mahimayur (now Mammiyoor) when Guru and Vayu descended to consecrate the idol of Krishna on the banks of Rudratheertha.
Famous for mural paintings from Hindu mythology, Mammiyoor Shiva temple is part of Kerala's 108 Shiva temples. Located close to the Guruvayur temple, it is one of the five Shiva temples around Guruvayur. Shiva's shrine inside the temple appears as Uma Maheshwara with Goddess Parvathy on the left with three poojas conducted every day based on booking.
The temple celebrates two significant festivals on a grand scale — Maha-Shivratri and Pradhishta day of Lord Vishnu. Processions, poojas, and special offerings commemorate these festivals, making it a visual and spiritual treat for all. Sterling Guruvayur offers a guided visit to the temple for our Hindu guests. Available all year round, we encourage our guests to explore the temple with a group or on their own.
Things to remember
Clothing: Dhoti for men and saree / salwar wear for women
Shoes: Not allowed
Water bottle: Plastic bottle not allowed
Sunglasses: Not required
Sunscreen: Not required
Walking Stick: Not required
Umbrella/Rain Gear: Seasonal
Availability: All through the year
Chavakkad Beach: Pristine beach and privacy? Yes, please!1hrs
One of the picturesque beaches in God's own country, Chavakkad beach, is perfect to bask in the sun's beauty by the Arabian sea. Sterling Guruvayoor arranges vehicles and guided trips to the beach where guests can shop, have a picnic, or even enjoy local cuisine while listening to the waves' pleasant sound. The year-round activity can be booked in advance for a minimum of two people.
Devaswom Museum: Want to travel back in time? / Catch a glimpse of the bygone era1hrs
Take a break from Kerala's picturesque beauty to marvel at the collection of historical artifacts at the Devaswom museum. Open for visitors all year round, the museum has preserved valuable antique items gifted to the Guruvayoor temple, some for more than 5000 years! A short drive from Sterling Guruvayoor takes you to explore Kerala's culture, with an opportunity to shop souvenirs from the local shops.
Anakotta Elephant Sanctuary: Hang out with grey, ‘tusked’ friends1hrs
True to the name,' land of elephants' houses one of the world's largest elephant sanctuaries. Drive for less than 5 minutes from Sterling Guruvayoor to experience the beauty of one of the heaviest animals on land. The lush green landscape, live elephant packs, makes Anakotta a perfect tourist spot for children and families. At Rs.250/person, we recommend this experience to guests looking for a relaxing day with mother nature.
Harikanyaka Temple: Witness the reign of Lord Vishnu in Ariyannur1hrs
Kerala has many historic significance. One of the most famous temples in the Guruvayur region besides the Guruvayur temple is the Harikanyaka temple. Maintained by the Indian Archaeological Department, the temple is known for its architectural carvings. Available at Rs. 300/person, a quick 15-minute drive from Sterling Guruvayur takes you to the land of deities and stories of Lord Vishnu.
Kudakkallu Parambu: Discover the enigmas of Kerala1hrs
Protected by UNESCO, Kudakkallu is an ancient burial ground that houses 69 'umbrella stones' stacked over the graves of the wealthy buried in earthen urns. Sterling Guruvayoor encourages guests to visit this historical tourist spot to marvel at the bygone era's traditions. This year-round activity is available at Rs.350/person for a minimum of 2 people looking to explore the hidden treasures of Kerala.
The Institute of Mural Painting: History, art, and culture for one and all1hrs
Famous for intricate detailing along the walls of prehistoric temples, Kerala is also known for its renowned mural painting institute. Situated at less than a kilometer from Sterling Guruvayoor, The Institue of Mural Painting allows the visitors to explore the various dimensions of the artform through seminars, exhibitions, and training programs. For Rs. 200/person, take a companion with you to admire the sheer brilliance of these mural artists.
Palayoor Church: World’s oldest church - is that right?1hrs
Palayoor church is known for many things - architectural grandeur, Renaissance-style planning, historical significance, and more. According to history, the church was established in 52AD by Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Over time, the church faced many hardships but continues its reign as one of the country's oldest churches. Sterling Guruvayur arranges a trip to the Palayoor Church at Rs. 250/person.