The prominent Hindu pilgrim spot, Sabarimala is a hill shrine found on the Sahyadri Ranges of Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. The oldest Sabarimala Sree Ayappa Dharma Sastha Temple rests on the hilltop named Sabarimala and is surrounded by 18 hills. The temple is located in the southern part of Kerala at a distance of 61 km from the district headquarters of Pathanamthitta town.
Places to Stay
Several budget-friendly hotels are available in Pathanamthitta town that include Hotel Mannil Regency (Tariff – Rs. 542), Heavenly Home (Tariff – Rs. 682) and many more.
The official language of Sabarimala is Malayalam.
Well-known for ritualistic significance, a number of festivals are celebrated with great devotion in Sabarimala. The major events celebrated are the Mandala Pooja in November, Makaravilakku in January, and Maha Vishuva Sankranti in April, Petta Thullal in November.
Places of Interest
Sabarimala Temple festivals are the major tourist attraction that draw many devotees to the place all the year round. Apart from this, other important places of interest are the Vavar Shrine of the Muslim saint, Vavaru Swamy; the Malikappuram Devi Temple, the Periyar National Park, Elephant Junction, Ranni Forest Division, Achankovil River and many more.
How to Get There
The Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 171 km from Sabarimla.
The nearest railway station is the Chengannur Railway Station located at a distance of 90 km from Sabarimala.
One can reach Sabrimala by availing of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KRSTC) that provides major bus services in between many destinations. There are also private bus operators such as KTC Tours, Kallada Travels and others which provide bus services across many places in the region. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling