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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » PATHANAMTHITTA
 
 
 
Pathanamthitta is the head quarters of Pathanamthitta district. The district was formed on I st November 1982. It was carved out of Idukki; Alappuzha and Kollam districts.The district is close to the Western Ghats and is endowed with scenic landscape comprising of low undulating hills, extensive stretches of lush forests, rivers and charming countryside. It is also known for exuberant fairs and festivals. Pathanamthitta district is known as the 'Headquarters of Pilgrimage Tourism', of the State.

Pathanamthitta has an important place in erstwhile Travancore state the biggest taluk in the old Travancore state was Pathanamthitta and the revenue collection from this taluk played a prominent role in filling the coffers of the state.The district headquarters is noted for communal and cultural harmony. There are numerous churches, temples and mosques built in close proximity. The Chandanakudam festival at the mosque in the centre of the town is quite famous. Situated near the Western Ghats and bordered by the hills, Pathanamthitta district is a treat to eyes with its vast unending stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Blessed by nature, the district is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals.
 
     
     
 
DESTINATIONS
 
     
 
  Sabarimala   Aranmula   Cherukolpuzha  
             
  Kadamanitta   Konni   Parumala  
             
  Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls   Thiruvalla      
             
     
     
 
Sabarimala
 
 
Destination Sabarimala
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Sabarimala is situated 72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi. It is the 'Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa' and one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centres in the country.The traditional route to Sabarimala is from Erumeli (40 km.). Other routes are from Vandiperiyar, Uppupara and Chalakkayam via Plappally. These routes are famous for these scenic splendour and mythological value.
     
The holy shrine is located amidst dense forests in the rugged terrains of Western Ghats inhabited by various wildlife species. Millions of pilgrims from all over the Country assemble here during the most arduous festivals called as 'Vishu Vilakku' in April, 'Mandalapooja', in the months of Vrichikam Dhanu (Nov. - Dec) and 'Makaravilakku' in mid January, coinciding with Sankramam.
 
 
 
     
 
Aranmula
 
 
Destination Aranmula
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Aranmula is a little temple town in Pathanamthitta District, surrounded by undulating green hillocks and girdled by the holy river Pampa. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Krishna.Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors made of bell meta which is known as 'Aranmula Kannadi'.This is a unique art which is not found any where else in the world . It is believed that a divine visitation inspired a window of this village to discover a mysterious blend of bronze which could be waxed bright in to crystal clear mirror

The town is also famous for the Aranmula Vallamkali (Boat Race), which is held on the annual commemoration of the week long Onam festival. The exciting event begins in the afternoon; each snake boat is thirty feet long containing four helmsman, hundred rowers and twenty five singers.

Vasthuvidya Gurukulam is a unique institution for ancient Indian architecture and mural paintings. It is a school constituted by the state Cultural Department is situated at Aranmula, 16 km away from Pathanamthitta town. The main objective of the gurukulam is the preservation and promotion of vasthuvidya and mural paintings.

 
 
 
     
 
Cherukolpuzha
 
 
Destination Cherukolpuzha
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukole on the banks of River Pamba, usually in Feb every year. This famous convention is attended by a large number of people and addressed by prominent religious scholars and cultural personalities.
 
 
 
     
 
Kadamanitta
 
 
Destination Kadamanitta
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
The Kadamanitta Devi Temple is famous for the ten day long Padayani performances held in connection with the annual festival in April/May. The temple is situated about 8km away from Pathanamthitta town.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Konni
 
 
Destination Konni
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
A hill town, Konni is famous for timber trade and wild elephant training centre.This is a charming town with lush meadows and hills stands on the bank of river Achakovil. It is surrounded by clove and pepper plantations. Elephants trapped from the forest area are also tamed here.
 
 
 
     
 
Parumala
 
 
Destination Parumala
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Parumala (10 km from Thiruvalla): The Ormaperunnal (commemoration day) of Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church, is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls
 
 
Destination Perunthenaruvi Water Falls
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
The spectacular waterfalls pludge down into a ravine from a rocky height of 60 - 100 ft. It is accessible by bus from Kollam.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Thiruvalla
 
 
Destination Thiruvalla
Location Pathanamthitta
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
The headquarters of the Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church.The Sree Vallabha temple in Thiruvalla is perhaps the only one in Kerala where Kathakali is performed as a ritual offering everyday.

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Moozhiyar

Perunthenaruvi

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.