Sabarimala, Nearby Tourist Places

Sabarimala is one of the most famous Pilgrim centre in India. It is 72 Kms. away from the district head quarters, Pathanamthitta. Every year crores of devotees from all over India visit the shrine of Lord Ayyappa here. The temple is situated in the interior of mountain ranges of the western ghats and is accessible only on foot. The pilgrimage season starts in November and ends in mid January on the day of ‘Makara Vilakku’. Lakhs of devotees throng the temple for a glimpse of ‘Makara Jyothi’.

The temple is closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during the vishu. Situated not far from the Sabarimala Temple there is a shrine in the name of Vavar, a Muslim warrior, who was thought to be a close associate of Lord Ayyappa. This is rare feature of the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. The Hindu pilgrims offer worship at this shrine of Vavar during their pilgrimage, indicating that communal harmony prevailed in Kerala for ages.

Bus services are frequent to Pamba from all major cities of Kerala. The Kerala Government transport known as Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates buses from Kottayam, Chengannur and Thiruvalla railway stations. Private taxis and tourist packages are also available to Sabarimala.
The airports nearest to Sabarimala are Kochi International Airport and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is located at a distance of about 130km from Sabarimala while the Kochi Nedumbassery International Airport lies about 190 km away. One can enter Sabarimala through Pamba Township and taxi services are available from both airports to Pampa.
Railway Station:
Chengannur railway station, which is located at a distance of about 90 km from Pamba, is the railway station nearest to Sabarimala. Chengannur is en route between Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam and hence is connected to all other important railheads in India. One can avail taxi services from Chengannur to Pamba.

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