The most famous and well reputed Hindus pilgrimage in Kerala. Every year it is visited by many devotees of Lord Ayyappa. Sabarimala is a temple town, proudly stands as a symbol of religious devotion, love and equality. The sacred temple town is grandly located on the banks of holy River Pampa in Pathanamthitta at the height of Sahyadri mountains. It is famed for housing an important and most popular Ayyappa temple on the mountain called Sabari. Devotees are taking an challenging trek to reach this temple. The lusg green forest, gurling streams, undulated hilly terrains, chirping birds and rich flora is assuring pleasant and enthralling trip to visitors. The Sabarimala season starts in the month of October and ends in January. Mandalapooja is the famous festival celebrated for 41 days which makes one Mandalam. The sacred temple is thronged by millions of pilgrims irrespective of race, religion and caste. There are certain customs followed by the devotees very strictly to make a trek.
Places to visit
The center and prominent attraction is Ayyappa temple. The devotes should be abstained from non vegetarian foods and bodily pleasures for 41 days in order to take the holy trek safe and successful journey and to recived blessings of Lord Ayyappa. There are several high mountains which needs to be crossed before reaching the temple. Devotees follows two types of routes to reach the temple. Eighteen sacred steps are considered very special and represents human characteristics. The panoramic view of Western Ghats is beautifully viewed from temple premises.
It is located on the left side of Ayyappa temple on a small hillock. Devotees mainly offers Bindi, Kajal, silk cloth and bangles to the Goddess Malikapurathamman. The famous festival celebrated here is Bhagavati seva.
Vavaru is a muslim saint. The temple is dedicated to this saint represents the religious harmony of India. There are many interesting legendary stories related to this Vavar. Some legends claims that Vavar was accompanied Lord Ayyappa to reach this Sabarimala and he was a good friend of Lord Ayyappa. It is must visited by all devotees of Lord Ayyappa.
How to reach Sabarimala
Kochin and Trivandrum airports are the nearest international airport located 106 km from Sabarimala.
Chenganur is the nearest railhead located 93 km from Pampa.
There are several state owned and private travel buses are frequently connecting Sabarimala to major cities of Kerala.
During summer 23-37°C and in winter 17-30°C. November to March is best time to visit Sabarimala.