Venue: Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple
Ever watched elephants race?
Anayottam (elephant race) as it is called in the Malayalam language marks the beginning of the annual Guruvayur festival. It is celebrated in the month of Kumbham (February-March) at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple in Guruvayur, Thrissur district.
One of the most renowned and oldest of temples in Kerala, the Guruvayur Temple is a sight in itself. Though the winning elephant will not get a gold medal, he will be given the honour to carry the thidambu (the replica of the idol of Lord Krishna) on all special occasions for one year.
Getting thereNearest railway station: Thrissur, about 28 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 80 km
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.