Punnathurkotta is a fort and former palace located in Kottapadi, about 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, in Thrissur District of Kerala State in South India.Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has been renamed Anakkotta (meaning “Elephant Fort”).
The compound also has a naalu kettu, a traditional rectangular home with a central courtyard, which belonged to the Punnathur Raja. It is poorly maintained and presently houses a training school for Papans (Mahout).This complex also contains a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhagavathy. Some scenes in the famous Malayalam movie “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha” (starring Mammooty) were filmed at this location.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport which is 80 km away. From Kochi, local trains, buses and taxis are easily available to reach Guruvayur. Nearest Airport: Kochi - 78 kms from Guruvayur
Guruvayur has got a railway station towards the east of the temple which is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur. There are local trains running from nearby cities like Kochi, etc.
Guruvayoor (3 Kms), Cheruthuruthy (40 Kms), Trichur (30 Kms), Palakkad (91 Kms)