It is the largest pilgrimage centre in the world situated in a forest reserve that has 45-50 million devotees visiting every year. Sabarimala is a famous hill temple of Lord Ayyappa located in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala. Sabarimala gained immense repute when Hindu god Ayyappan successfully killed the Mahishi demoness. What subsequently came up was the Ayyappan Temple surrounded by 18 hills. Strictly for men devotees, the Sabarimala pilgrimage period starts mid-November and lasts till mid-January every year.
Places to Stay
Highrange Residency, Kumily (Tariff – Rs. 1035 onwards) and Dean Dale Cottages, Thekaddy (Tariff – Rs. 1279 onwards) are some hotels located close to Sabarimala.
The official language of Sabarimala is Malayalam. Another language spoken is English.
Sabarimala festival is celebrated every year during the months between November and January.
Places of Interest
Apart from the famous Ayyappa temple, there are many other temples situated close to Sabarimala. Some of them are Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple and Chakkulathukavu Temple in Thiruvalla.
How to Get There
The two nearest airports to Sabarimala are Cochin International Airport (160 km away) and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (170 km away).
The two nearest railway stations to Sabarimala are Chengannur (82 km away) and Kottayam (120 km away).
Sabarimala is well-connected to most places in South India such as Trivandrum, Kochi, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Kochi Tours & Travels and Dream Kerala Holidays are some bus operators running buses between major cities and Sabarimala at affordable prices. Ticketgoose.com enables its customers to get cheap bus tickets online.