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Base Station: Sabarimala

Nearest City to Sabarimala: Kochi (158 Kms), Trivandrum (178 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Sabarimala: November to January

Peak Season: November to January

State: Kerala | District: Pathanamthitta

Sabarimala Weather: Maximum: 38°C
Minimum: 18°C

Sabarimala is the most famous Hindu pilgrimage centre in Kerala and India. At a distance of 70 km from Pathanamthitta, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is one of the most visited pilgrim centers in the world with an estimated 45 - 50 million devotees every year. It is the most popular center of pilgrimage in Kerala state.

At a distance of 158 km from Kochi and 178 km from Trivandrum, this temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with history of more than 5000 years old. The temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan here is situated in the midst of 18 hills, at an altitude of about 3000 feet. It is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple.

Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste and religion. The temple is open to males of all age groups, but women between 10-50 years age group are NOT allowed into the temple. Sabarimala can be reached by 8 KMs trek from Pamba, which is the nearest road point to the temple.

Booking of Sabarimala Virtual Q Coupon opened up to 11th January 2017. Sabarimala Virtual Q helps devotees to reach Sannidhanam without waiting in the long queue usually formed at Pampa. Pilgrims can book a slot in the queue for darshan using the Virtual Q website, sabarimalaq.com, which was developed by Kerala Police to facilitate the pilgrimage to Sabarimala.

Sabarimala Temple Opening dates for 2016:
Makaravilakku Day - 15/01/2016
Feb 2016 - 13/02/2016 to 18/02/2016
Mar 2016 - 13/03/2016 to 18/03/2016 (Pooja), 13/03/2016 to 23/03/2016 (Utsavam)
Apr 2016 - 10/04/2016 to 18/04/2016
May 2016 - 14/05/2016 to 19/05/2016
Jun 2016 - 13/06/2016 to 19/06/2016
Jul 2016 - 15/07/2016 to 20/07/2016
Aug 2016 - 16/08/2016 to 21/08/2016
Sep 2016 - 13/09/2016 to 16/09/2016 (Onam), 16/09/2016 to 21/09/2016 (Monthly Pooja)
Oct 2016 - 16/10/2016 to 21/10/2016 (Monthly Pooja), 29/10/2016 to 30/10/2016 (Sree Chithra Atta Thirunal)
Nov 2016 & Dec 2016 - 15/11/2016 to 26/12/2016 (Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam)
Makara Vilakku Mahotsavam - 30/12/2016 20/01/2017

Temple timings:
Nov to Jan : 4 AM to 1:30 PM & 4 PM to 11 PM
Other months: 5 PM to 10 PM

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: 04735
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Tamil , Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Mandalapooja (Nov17),
Makara Sankranthi (Jan 14)
Notes/Tips:
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HOW TO REACH SABARIMALA


By Air

Nearest Airport: Kochi - Cochin International Airport (137 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Chengannur Railway Station (75 Kms)
Kottayam Railway Station (85 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Pamba Bus Station (8 Kms)

6 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN SABARIMALA


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 158 km from Kochi and 178 km from Trivandrum, Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with history of more than 5000 years old. The temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan here is situated in the midst of 18 hills, at an altitude of about 3000 feet. It is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple.

Sabarimala temple has no restrictions .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of just 100 meters from the main temple of Sabarimala, Malikappurathu Amma Temple (also known as Malikapuram Temple) is a holy temple dedicated to Malikappurathu.

According to Puranas, The Raja of Pandalam sent Ayyappa to a famous martial arts school during his childhood. Lord Ayyappa has mastered all martial arts during this period. The young daughter of Ayyappa's martial arts teach fell in love with Ayyappa. She requested Lord Ayyappa to accept her as wife. But Ayyappan intended to be a bachelor and offered here a seat at Sabarimala, and she came be known as Malikappurathu Amma. Ayyappan promised her that, if there is no Kanni Ayyappan (First time pilgrims) visiting Sabarimala any year then he would marry her. It is a custom that every Kanni Ayyappan deposits Saram (arrow of soft wood) as a mark of their arrival.


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8 Kms from Sabarimala & 55 Kms from Pathanamthitta, Pamba is the base station and nearest road point to Sabarimala Temple. Pamba is a beautiful location and a good trekking destination.

Pamba derives its name from Pamba River (also known as Pampa River) which flows through this scenic place. Pamba is also called Thriveni Sangam as it is the meeting point for three rivers - Pamba, Achankovil & Manimala. Pilgrims visiting Sabarimala take a dip in the river here before and after trekking the hill.

Maha Ganapathy Temple is also a famous place to visit in Pamba. It can be reached by climbing about 120 steps from the Thriveni Sangam point.

Pamba is connected by bus with Pathanamthitta.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 Kms from Pamba & 58 kms from Kumarakom, Erumeli on the banks of Manimala River is famous for Sastha Temple and Mosque of Vavar, who is believed to be the friend of Sri Ayyappa. The mosque is also known as Nainar Mosque.

The unique feature of the Nainar Mosque is that Hindu pilgrims worship here before their trek to Sabarimala during the Makara Vilakku season. Chandanakkudam festival celebrated here in the month of December/ January. At night there is an attractive procession with elephants and Panchavadyam.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 16 Kms from Pathanamthitta & 40 Kms from Sabarimala, Pandalam is a holy town as it is the birth place of Lord Ayappa in human form. Pandalam is famous for Sri Ayyappa Temple, Pandalam Palace & Pattupurukavu Temple.

Sri Ayyappa Temple:
Also known as Valiyakoikal Temple, it was built in the similar lines of Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Makaravilaku is the major festival celebrated at this temple in mid January. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.

Pandalam Palace:
This is the place where Lord Ayyappa has grown up during his childhood. It is located adjacent to Ayyappa temple.

Pattupurukavu Devi Temple:
At a distance of about half Km from Ayyappa Temple, it is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Annual festival is celebrated on .....

Distance (From Sabarimala): 33 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sabarimala - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 119 km from Kochi, 67 km from Alleppey, 62 km from Kottayam, 96 km from Tenkasi, 109 km from Trivandrum, 162 km from Tirunelveli, 197 km from Kanyakumari and 238 km from Madurai, Pathanamthitta is a beautiful town and the administrative capital of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. Also known as the pilgrim capital of Kerala, Pathanamthitta is the main transport hub to the famous pilgrim center - Sabarimala.

It is situated in Central Travancore region of Kerala, close to the Western Ghats. Pathanamthitta town is located on the banks of Achankovil and three major rivers of Kerala - Achankovil, Pamba & Manimala flow through the district. Pathanamthitta is a combination of two words Pathanam and Thitta which means an array of houses on the river side.

Pathanamthitta was formerly under the rule of a Pandalam .....

Distance (From Sabarimala): 55 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sabarimala - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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