Pathanamthitta is a beautiful town located in Kerala. It is called as the pilgrim capital of God’s own country. It is located in the southern part of Kerala in the midst of lush green forest area. This place is a keen attraction for cultural and traditional arts of Kerala. The district is very close to the Western Ghats and it is gifted with beautiful scenic backdrop along with mountains, rivers and green environment.
Pathanamthitta is a place for fairs and festivals. The cultural harmony untied the people from all over the country. There are many temples, churches and mosques adjoining this area. The name of this place in Malayalam language is Pathanam means “group of ten families” and thitta” means “houses along the riverside”.
Nearby famous temples
Sabarimala is one of the famous worship places in India, which is located about 65 kms from Pathanamthitta. It is located in the mountain ranges and it is accessible only by foot from Pamba. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The temple is opened only during Mandala puja and it is closed rest of the time. Women aged between 10 to 50 years are not allowed inside the temple.
Nearby temples are Kadamanitta Devi Temple, Parthasarathi Temple and Valiyakoikal Temple. To visit these places hire a bus for safe journey.
Nearby places of attraction
· Konni is about 11 kms from here and it is vegetative region rich in cash crops.
· Perunthenaruvi is famous for waterfalls and it is located on the bank of Pamba River.
· Aranmula Boat Race is a famous carnival, which is held during Onam festival from August to September.
· Maniyar is a splendid dam site and power generation unit that is also located here.
· Charalkunnu is a lovely hill station and gives a beautiful view of the nearby places.
· Kakki Reservoir is a place where wild animals can be sighted from nearby forest areas.
How to reach Pathanamthitta
Pathanamthitta is connected by national and state highways. Major state highways are SH – 07 and SH – 08. Bus service is provided by the Kerala State Road and Transport Corporation and private bus operators. Online booking of bus tickets options are available through, which you can buy bus tickets instantly. Plenty of AC and non-AC buses are operated from Chennai, Bangalore and Mangalore on day-to-day basis.
Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest airport and it is 113 kms from Pathanamthitta. Tiruvalla is the major railway station in this district and it is about 30 kms from here.
When to visit
· Mandala puja is celebrated at the end of 41 days of asceticism and prayers in Shree Dharmasastha Temple at Sabarimala in the month of December.
· Utsavam is a colourful festival with folk arts and Kettukazhcha procession with kuthira vela and kaala in the temple chariot at Poruvazhi Malandam Temple.
· Thaipooya Mahotsavam is celebrated very grandly across the place and large no. of devotes visit this place during the occasion at Subramanya Swamy Temple.
· Grand elephant procession takes place in the month of January at Parthasarathy Temple, Adoor.