Land of Pilgrimage
Engrossed in the hilly terrain of Kerala, Pathanamthitta
can rightly be called the head quarters of Pilgrimage
tourism in the State. With more than fifty per
cent of the land area covered with thick forests
the district has a prominent place in the supply
of hill produces in the State.
Sastha temple at Sabarimala, 80 kms. from the
District Head quarters, is one of the major
pilgrim centres in South India. Irrespective
of religious beliefs, people from all over India
and abroad throng to this famous shrine of Lord
Ayyappa which is surrounded by hazardous hills
like Karimala and Neelimala. The devotees known
as Ayyappas negotiate the hills to reach the
shrine after undergoing 41 days of 'Vrutha'
i.e., self imposed devotional penance. The pilgrimage
season, involving Mandala Pooja and Makaravilakku
comes between the latter half of November and
the former half of January every year. Ablution
in River Pamba is considered as holy 'Ganga
The confluence of Hindu and Muslim deities in
the form of Lord Ayyappa, his lieutenant Vavar
makes this esteemed pilgrim centre a model for
communal harmony and castelessnes.
water falls in the Pamba river at Perumthenaruvi
attract thousands of people from inside and
outside the district. This is a beautiful natural
waterfall and an ideal place of transit attraction.
t is only 10 kms. from Erumeli. This is a favourite
picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.
River Pamba again plays host to a famous annual
religious convention on its golden sands at
Maramon. This mammoth religious convention of
the Christians attend by people belonging to
all communities is the largest of its kind in
the world. It takes place in February every
year and is addressed by speakers of international
repute. The convention lasts for seven days.
Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention is
another important annual feature on the river
bed of Pamba. This famous Hindu religious convention
is attended by a large number of people and
addressed by prominent religious scholars and
Chandanakkudam Festival of the Jama - Al Mosque
at Pathanamthitta also attracts thousands of
devotees. It is held in February every year.
The festivals at Kattur Mosque in Cherukos and
Kalamala mosque near Adoor are also famous.
religious conventions and festivals in Pathanamthitta
district are admirable examples of religious
amity and communal harmony.
Uthrittathi Boat Race on the River Pamba near
the Parta Sarathy Temple at Aranmula is annual
cultural feat to the tourists and the people
of Kerala. Uthrittathi which comes after every
Thiruvonam in August - September is the day
of this prominent cultural event. The boat race
commemorates the crossing of River Pamba by
the Lord Partha Sarathy. All the snake boats
in Kerala participate in the colourful ritual
which really is a treat to the eyes.
The famous metallic mirror of Aranmula is universally
noted for its excellence in craft. Bell metal
is tamed, tempered and polished to give a mirror
like reflection. This noted handiwork stands
out as a symbol of excellence in traditional
metallic craft in Kerala.