Located in the Travancore area, Pathanamthitta is a big municipality and township in the Indian state of Kerala. It is famous for being a rapidly growing commercial hub and city area. Pathanamthitta is mostly known for the Sabarimala temple, which is a pilgrimage site for the followers of the Hindu faith. Since the city serves as the principal transportation center to the Sabarimala temple, it is regarded as the 'Pilgrim Capital of Kerala'. The temple lies at a distance of 65 km from the town.
- Sabarimala Temple- The principal tourist draw of this place is the magnificent temple of Lord Ayyappa. It is devoted to Lord Dharmashastha and also famously named as Ayyappan. This holy place of worship draws over 40 million pilgrims throughout the year turning it into the second biggest pilgrimage site in the globe following Haj in Saudi Arabia.
- St Ignatius Orthodox MahaEdavaka Kaipattoor- This cathedral was constructed during the close of the 19th century. The chapel was renamed as 'Maha Idavaka' and is famous for the "RAASA" held annually in December.
- Ayyappa Temple (Omallur Raktakantaswami Temple)- Raktakantaswami Temple houses the statues of Lord Ayyappan. This place of worship observes the Utsav which is held every year in the months of April and May. The festival continues for a period of 10 days.
- Pandalam Palace- Lying in Pandalam this palace was at one time the abode of Lord Ayyappa where he stayed for a period of 16 years prior to turning into a sage.
- Devi Temple (Malayalapuzha Devi Temple)- Malayalapuzha is home to one of the biggest Goddess Durga temples or Devi temples. It is assumed that the deity offers blessings to religious pilgrims and makes their dream come true.
- Niranam Church- This church is the first cathedral to be set up by St. Thomas at the time he came to Kerala.
- Parumala- It is famous for housing the burial place of St. Gregorios who was also known as Parumala Thirumeni. He was the most famous conformist saint of the country who was associated with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
- Kalloppara St. Mary's Church- Kalloppara St. Mary's Church is located near the Bhagavathi mandir in the same compound and it is a live instance of the communal accord of the area.
- Manjinikkara Syrian Orthodox Church- The divine Patriarch of Anthioch of Damascus (Mar Ignatitus Elias 111) breathed his last at this area in 1932 when he was on his state trip to the country.
- Thiruvalla Sreevallabha Temple- The Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple is one of the 108 Vaishnava mandirs in the country. As a result
- it has turned into a major religious hub for the supporters of Vishnu or Vaishnavites across India.
- Chettikulangara temple at Mavelikkara- This renowned place of worship is located at Mavelikkara which is around 35 km from the town.
- Padanilam Parabrahma Temple- The Padanilam Parabrahma Temple is located at a distance of 26 km from Pathanamthitta.
- Maramon Christian Convention Banks- Maramon is known for hosting the International Christian Bible Convention. This congregation takes place on the sprawling sandy riverbeds of the Pamba River. The Maramon Convention for the Christians is the top citizens' congregation in the Asian continent.
- Charalkunnu- It is a scenic hill station which offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding places and the Pamba river.
- Kakki reservoir- This water body is nestled in sylvan backdrop and is a budding tourist draw. It is ideal for boating and is a home to many wildlife species.
- Konni Elephant Cage- This tourist draw is located at a distance of 11 km from Pathanamthitta. It is the entrance to the jungle surrounding the district and wild elephants are taken to this place and kept in wooden cages for domesticating and training them.
- Perumthenaruvi Waterfalls- This is a tiny but scenic waterfall and is a known spot for outing.
- Mannadi Dalawa Memorial- This monument is devoted to Shri Velu Thampi Dalawa who is the most respected freedom fighter of Kerala.
- Kaviyoor Rock Temple- This place of worship is the sole existing prehistoric cave temple in the state. It was constructed according to the age-old Tamil Pallava pattern and manifests more traditional importance than spiritual objective.
- Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre- The Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre was founded in 1977. The founder was Louba Schild a French lady. This association is committed to protecting the works of art of Kerala.
- Muloor Smarakom- This memorial is dedicated to Muloor S. Padmanabha Panicker. He was a renowned writer of poems in Kerala and a revered social reformist of the 20th century.
August to March
Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbassery, Kochi (142 km) and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (113 km) are the closest airports. The planned Aranmula International Airport lies at a distance of 14 km from the town.
Nearest Railway Station
Chengannur, around 26 km from Pathanamthitta
Shopping in Pathanamthitta is a wonderful experience since there are a range of shopping options for the visitors. You can buy mirrors made of bell metal from Aranmula, which is a tiny village in Pathanamthitta. This art form is not seen in any other place of the world. The place offers regular and indigenous shopping opportunities to the visitors. The pilgrims purchase Aravana, which is a chunky sweet black dessert prepared with jaggery.
Last Updated on : October 10, 2013