Sabarimala (65 km from Pathanamthitta Town): One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa. Pilgrim season: November to mid January. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April). People of all religion and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry is not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years of age.
Pamba (60 km from Pathanamthitta dist
): This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. It is also known as Thriveni Sangamam - the meeting point of three rivers. Nilackal (45 km from Pathanamthitta Town) The old Siva Temple on the Pamba - Pathanamthitta Road is an important place of worship. The estate of the Farming Corporation and the Ecumenical centre of the Christians are located here.
Pandalam (15 km from Pathanamthitta Town): As a holy town, Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala. Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. The Valiyakoikal Temple near the palace on the banks of River Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.
Muloor Smarakam (12 km from Pathanamthitta Town): The memorial to Muloor, the renowned social reformer and poet is located at Elavumthitta. Kodumon (15 km from Pathanamthitta Town). Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam - The chilanthikkinar (well) in the premises of this temple is believed to cure skin diseases. Kodumon is also the birthplace of Shri Shaktibhadra - the anciet Sankrit scholar and poet. Shri Shaktibhadra is the author of "Aashcharyachoodamani" the first Sanskrit drama of South India.
Parumala (30 km from Pathanamthitta Town): The Ormaperunnal (commemoration day) of Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church, is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. Cherukolpuzha (15 km from Pathanamthitta Town): An important religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukol on the riverbed of the Pamba, usually in February every year.