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Kerala Tourist Places - PATHANAMTHITTA

Area 2731 sq. km
Population 1,231,577 (2001 census)
Altitude 500 - 1000 mt above sea level

Pathanamthitta, a hilly terrain of pristine beauty is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. More than fifty percent of the total area of this land of temples, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves is covered by forests. The district is frequented by visitors from India and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrines and the cultural training centre. Pathanamthitta is bordered by the Western Ghats in the east, Kollam district in the south, Alappuzha district in the west and Kottayam and Idukki districts in the north.

Accessing Pathanamthitta
Telephone access code : Pathanamthitta: +91-468

Air : Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram (119 km).

Rail : Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla (30 km); Chengannur (28 km).

Road : Pathanamthitta is well connected by an excellent network of roads to all major towns in Kerala.
Places to Visit

Omallur

Distance : 5 km from Pathanamthitta
The Rakthakanta Swamy Temple and the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of Meenam are the main attractions of Omallur. People from both within and outside the State participate in the fair.

Konni

Distance : 11 km from Pathanamthitta
An agricultural region, Konni is rich in cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee, ginger etc. It used to be a centre for training elephants. Konni is also known for its elephant rides and the Anakoodu where elephants are tamed and trained for work.

Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam

Distance : 15 km from Pathanamthitta town
The water of the Chilanthikinar (well) in the premises of this temple is believed to cure skin diseases. Kodumon is aloe the birth place of Sree Shakthi Bhadra, author of Ascharya Chudamani

Perunthenaruvi

Distance : 36 km from Pathanamthitta via Vachoochira
The Perunthenaruvi waterfalls on the banks of the Pamba River is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Sabarimala

Distance : 65 km from Pathanamthitta town, 180 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi
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). Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla (102 km). People of all castes and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry is not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years of age

Aranmula

Nearest railway station: Chengannur - 10 km
The Parthasarathi Temple (dedicated to Sree Krishna) on the banks of the holy river Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. The famed Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the week long Onam festival. The Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music, as well as Kalaripayattu. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarathi Temple here has fine murals from the 18 th century.

Aranmula Boat Race

This famous water fiesta is held during Onam (August - September). The snake boats assemble near the Sri Parthasarathy Temple before the grand procession. Each boat is 100 ft. long and accommodates 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen and 25 singers. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting, watched by an excited crowd.

Aranmula Kannadi

Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, a unique craft which is not found anywhere else in the world

Mannadi

Distance : 13 km from Adoor
This is where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. The ancient Bhagavathy Temple here has some exquisite stone sculptures. The annual festival is held in February/March. The Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk arts functions here.

Pandalam

Nearest railway station : Chengannur - 14 km
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 modeled on the Sabarimala shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before processing to Sabarimala. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.

Kaviyoor

Distance : 5 km east of Thiruvalla
Situated on the banks of the Manimala river, Kaviyoor is famous for its temples. The Hanuman Temple stands on a small hillock and is built in the gable style architecture peculiar to Kerala.

The RockCutCaveTemple

The rock cut Siva Temple, half a kilometer away, is of great archaeological significance. Dating back to the 8 th century AD, this temple bears close resemblance to the Pallava style of architecture. The stone engravings here are among the earliest specimens of stone sculpture in Kerala.

Maramon

Situated near Kozhencherry, Maramon is the venue of a mammoth religious convention of Christians from all over the world. It is attended by people from all communities. The convention which is usually held in February is addressed by religious thinkers and Christian scholars from across the world. This is perhaps the largest Christian convention in Asia.

Pathanamthitta Town

This is the district headquarters. The town is a land of religious and cultural harmony, where a number of churches, temples and mosques can be found close to each other. The annual Chandanakudam festival at the mosque in the heart of the town is a major event.