The Pathanamthitta district is known for its exuberant fairs and festivals. This hilly terrain blessed with pristine beauty is popular as a capital for pilgrimage tourism in Kerala. More than 50 percent of the total area of this land is covered with forest. The district is close to the Western Ghats and is bestowed with picturesque landscapes comprising of low undulating hills, vast expanses of verdant forests and appealing countryside. Gifted by nature, a number of tour options await the discerning traveler.
August to May: August to May is the tourist season as the months June and July are the time of South-West monsoon
How to Reach
Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest one, 119km away from Pathanamthitta. Cochin International Airport is 152km away.
Road: Well connected by Kerala transport buses to all major places in Kerala.
Rail: Thiruvalla Railway station is 30kms away and Chengannur Railway station is 28km from Pathanamthitta town.
Places to Visit in Pathanamthitta
The Mosque at Erumeli: The Mosque at Erumeli is a symbol of unity among the people of Kerala without any differentiation in the name of religion or caste. The divine being worshipped here is the Vavar, Lord Ayyappa’s Muslim companion. This mosque is the gateway to Sabarimala. Erumeli Petta Thullal is the furious dancing by the pilgrims in gay abandon of their false pride during the pilgrimage.
Sabarimala Temple: Sabarimala Temple is a renowned pilgrim centre in this land of temples, with Lord Sree Ayyappa as the main deity. The temple is situated in the Sabari hills of the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta district. Even though the temple has a great past to speak about and millions of worshippers travel there every year, the renovation works are mostly done without disturbing the serene and wild atmosphere. Other than any other temple journey, the worshipper will have to undergo intense penance before visiting the deity Ayyappa. He must take a 41-day austerity before travel; but the temple has no restrictions about the caste or creed of the devotee. Up to the Pamba river the pilgrim can travel in a vehicle and thereafter he has to make a bare foot walk to reach the sanctum sanctorum.