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"Pilgrim Capital of Kerala"

Pathanamthitta Tourism

Pathanamthitta, in southern Kerala, is a town immersed in spirituality and mysticism. Blessed with several ancient temples, it is renowned as headquarters of pilgrimage in Kerala as Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district. It is a land of untouched beauty with pristine rivers, lofty mountain ranges and sprawling coconut groves.

The region is parted into a fascinating topography of highlands, midlands and lowlands crafted by three rivers coursing in the town. The town of Pathanamthitta is also marked by a culture unique to this place as well as an art of metal mirrors i.e. Aranmula Kannadi, handcrafted with intricacy and poise. The town also practices the art of 'vaasthu vidya' in its purest form at a heritage village of Vassthu Vidya Gurukulam. Bounded by captivating vistas at every step, this bewitching town promise of an experience you never dreamt of.

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Flora and Fauna

The rivers and fertile land of Pathanamthitta district have made tropical biodiversity possible. As much as 50% of the district is covered with forests, providing reach coverage of Flora. A variety of plants include medicinal plants, spices, timber crops, fruit and fibre plants. The popular aromatic and spice trees found here include names like Pepper, Ginger, Cardamom, Turmeric. Other species such as Timber, Teak, Rosewood, Anjili are also found in abundance. The forests here are home to an excellent variety of wildlife habitat. Tigers, elephants, gaurs, monkeys, deer, giant squirrel, lion tailed macaques, barking deer and bear are found in the reserves. Pathanamthitta is also home to the Indian Peacock. Other varieties of birds seen here include Malabar Grey and Great Indian Hornbill, Sunbird, Woodpeckers and Kingfisher.

Pilgrimage Capital of Kerala

Pathanamthitta has earned a reputation of being the ‘pilgrimage capital of Kerela' because of the famous Sabarimala temple. Located at the height of 914 meters above sea level (on the bank of river Achankovil), in the middle of 18 hills and surrounded by forests, this temple of God Ayyappan draw thousands of devotees each year. From the moment a pilgrim goes up the hill, he feels the presence of Holy spiritual power and the burden of his past that comes undone in this presence. However, Sabarimala temple is also infamous for it’s gender discriminative policy- women aged between 10 and 50 are banned from entering the premises of the temple. Other famous temples of this district include Shree Vallabha temple and Parthasarathy temple. Apart from hosting Hindu pilgrims, Pathanamthitta also hosts a significant Christian convention- the Maramon Convention, which is the largest Christian convention in Asia. Held in February every year on the vast sand bed of the Pompa river, beside the Kozhencherry Bridge, this convention is organized by the Missionary wing of Mar Thoma Church known as Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association.

The Boat Race

The famous snake boat race is organised at the stretch of riverpamba at Aranmula. The snake boat is actually a boat which is extraordinarily shaped like a snake, with a length of about 100 ft. The race is held during the Onam festival, on the last day, to commemorate the crossing of the river by Lord Krishna. If you are in town during that time, make sure not to miss the spectacle.

Restaurants and Local Food in Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is an important pilgrim hub and thus is always flanked by devotees and nature lovers. For its tourists, the town offers several restaurants and eating joints all across the town. You will also find some nice Christian restaurant which serves alcohol and Syrian Christian food. Other than that, South Indian cuisine is the predominant cuisine of the town.
Also make sure you indulge yourself with lots of coconut water while in the area.
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One Day Itinerary

Pathanamthitta is an important spiritual hub of Kerala which is packed with several ancient temples. However, if you are travelling the town for just one day, make sure you cover all the major tourist attractions. After a warm breakfast at the hotel, begin your day with the blessings of Sabarimala Temple, one of the major landmarks of the town. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, Perunthenaruvi Waterfall, Manjinikkara Church, Kaviyoor Rock Temple and Thriveni Sangamam are some of the popular tourist spots that are suggested on a one-day itinerary of this town. Other than all these places of excursion, the town is also blessed with nature in abundance and an environ full of peace and tranquillity. With so many attractions that cater to the need of all kind of tourists, Pathanamthitta is definitely worth a visit.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

It is a beautiful place filled with temples and churches of ancient stories of our religion. Being close to the Western Ghats, the presence of low rippling hills, lush green forests and rivers make the place jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

What's Not So Great?

There are not many luxurious accommodation options here since pilgrims are required to keep basic ascetic lifestyle. Communicating with the locals can be a problem, as most people speak Malyalam.

For Whom?

This place is for the elderly and families. Pathanamthitta is quiet, peaceful and calm, thus making idle for a vacation for the elderly people. The place can be very relaxing for city dwellers.

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How To Reach Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is in Kerala state. It is well connected to other states of Kerala via buses. There is neither airport nor railway station in Pathanamthitta. The nearest station is nearly 30 km away. The most convenient way is travelling by road.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Carry a pair of sport shoes for there will be a lot of walking and hiking around.
- Make sure you take proper precautions before indulging in any sports activity including swimming and boating.
- Plan your trip in winter season as summers experience heat and high humidity while monsoon receives heavy rainfall.
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