Sabarimala Tourism
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Sabarimala Tourism

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Sabarimala Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 468 m
  • Pincode: 689645
  • District: Pathanamthitta
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 0473
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 32°C
Sabarimala is one of the most visited pilgrim centres of India. Every year 40 million devotees come here to worship Lord Ayyappan. Sabarimala is located in Pathanamthitta, a district in the Travancore region, in the state of Kerala. The place is famous for rubber plantations and wood industries.

The meaning of Sabarimala is the mountain of Sabari, who was a prominent Hindu mythological character. Sabarimala is the most famous and important religious destination in Kerala. Surrounded with forests and streams, Sabarimala is situated on the banks of the holy river Pampa, amidst Sahyadri Mountains in Western Ghats, and is 468 metres above sea level. The temple of Ayyapan is nestled within 18 hills and forests. Temples are situated in each of the hills, some of which are Nilackal, Karimala and Kalaketi.  

According to legend, Sabarimala is the place where Lord Ayyappan sat for meditation after killing the demoness, Mahishi. The temple can be visited by men of all ages; however, women between the age of 10 and 50, are prohibited to enter the temple, as Ayyappan is a Bramachari i.e. one who follows celibacy.

Before the pilgrimage, devotees need to take a vratham of 41 days, which means they have to wear a garland made of Rudraksha or Tulsi beads and refrain from non-vegetarian food, alcohol, use of abusive language, haircut, shaving and many other activities. Devotees generally come here to settle shani-dosha and make life better.

Sabarimala town, though uninhabited by people, remains busy with pilgrimís inflow, thus, resulting in the presence of various hotels and shops. A shrine of a Muslim saint name Vavaru Swamy is one of the attractions of this place.

Reaching Sabarimala is challenging as the path to Sabarimala goes through the forests and hilly route, which stretches around 45 kilometres and consists of wild animals and reptilian creatures. It takes several hours to reach the temple and can be quite exhaustive.

Nowadays, there is an alternate path available to reach a certain point by vehicles. However, after that point, vehicles are prohibited and devotees have to walk for about 4 kilometres to reach the temple.

The nearest airports to reach this place are located in Kochi and Trivandrum. Trivandrum International Airport is about 175 kilometres and Nedumbassery International Airport at Kochi is190 kilometres from Sabarimala.

The nearest railway station to this place is at Chengannur, which is at a distance of around 93 kilometres from the place. The best time to visit Sabarimala is between the months of November to April, when most of the templesí festivals are celebrated.

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Jagadeswar Nair

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"Divine temple of Sabarimala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sabarimala temple is situated in the district of Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Main deity is Lord Ayyappa. Lord Ayyappa is the son of Lord Siva and Mohini (Lord Vishnu's incarnation). Lord Ayyappa is believed to have meditated in Sabarimala after killing Mahishi.

You can reach Sabarimala by road. Those of you coming via train can get down either in Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur railway stations. Temple opens mainly during December & January period. During this season, KSRTC buses ply from the above railway stations to Pampa. You can also hire cabs and travel upto Pampa. From Pampa you have to climb Neelimala to reach Ayyappa Sannidhanam. On the way are places like Appachimedu, Sabaripeedam and Saramkuttial. Temple is also opened for 5 days during the start of every Malayalam month. Also open on special occasions like Onam, Vishu etc.

Temple is surrounded by 18 hills knows as Ayyappan's Ponkavanam. You need to climb 18 steps to see the Lord. Also you can see Vavar Swamy temple and Malikapurathamma temple in the same complex. From Erumely there is a forest route to reach Pampa as well. During season, many people walk through this forest route. Neyyabishekam is the main abhishekam of the temple. Appam and Aravana Payasam are the main prasadams which you can get from temple. You can have Makar Jyothi Darshan on the day of Makara Samkranthi from the temple. On that day Makar Jyothi would be seen in the far away hilltop called Ponnambalamedu.

You should follow 41 days of special Vrutha to visit the temple.
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Kuladeep Jagannadha rao

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  • Kuladeep Jagannadha rao
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"A very good experience!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2015
Very excited to go to phlegm. First it was very tough but as long as moving on by walk about 72km in forest by climbing 5 hills at last we reached there but there is a crowd no gap. So it is best to go by but with that in forest with out slippers. My legs are laterally blows and getting faint. After seeing of god I was very happy.
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Srinivas gavini Rao

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"A holy trip to Sabarimala"

  • Posted Dec 25, 2009
A must visit by all those who have real trust in god and follow all the steps as indicated in worship rules.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: This destination is not for joyous trip but the piligrims can enjoy the beauty of forests and some panoramic views. Nothing special for shopping but aravana prasadam is exclusive of its nature.

Activities & things to do: Here the activities are more related to the procedures of worship to Lord Ayyappa.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By rail or road to Kottayam then no. of buses available till pampa then to climb the hill for about 5-6km on rough road.cardiac patients should take atmost care while climbing the hill.Of course DOLIS are available to carry them but a bit costly.Women of age between 10-50 are not allowed to sannidhanam.
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