How To Get There - Pathanamthitta
The nearest airport is at Cochin,
152 km away.
Rail link at Tiruvalla, 30 kms.
Pathanamthitta is linked by
motorable roads to other towns in Kerala.
PATHANAMTHITTA - THE GREAT PILGRIMAGE
Situated near the Western Ghats and bordered by the hills,
Pathanamthitta district is a treat to eyes with its vast unending
stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Blessed by nature,
the district is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals.
Pathanamthiita is a true tropical diversity adorned with fertile
agricultural land, plantations and forest, Paddy, tapioca, varieties of
vegetables and spices like cardamom, pepper etc. are extensively
cultivated. The district also abounds in extensive rubber plantations.
Prime Attractions of Pathanamthitta
is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the rugged hills of the Western Ghats.
This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. more..
Anandapalli, a tiny village near Adoor in
Pathanamthitta district is famous for its annual Maramadi festival, an
ox race carnival, commonly held in the villages of Kerala during the
harvest season. more..
Festival of the Patthanamthitta Muslim Jamaat Mosque held in February,
every year attracts thousands of devotees. The Chandanakudam festival of
Kattoor Mosque in Cherukole Panchayath and Kalamala Mosque near Adoor
are also famous.
Charalkunnu is a picturesque
hill station from where one can have a panoramic view of the low-lying
areas including that of the sinuous river, Pumpa. There is a comfortable
camp house, which has both rooms and dormitories.
An important religious
convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukole on the riverbed of Pampa
usually in February every year.
Kakki reservoir, set in sylvan
background, is a 'tourists' delight. The splendid artificial lake offers
exhilarating boating experience. The surrounding forest abounds in
tigers, elephants, deers and monkey.
St.Mary's Church at Kalloopra
stands in close proximity to the Bhagavathi temple, which is an
admirable example of communal harmony. There are two granite slabs
inside the church with some inscriptions in Pali language.
The Kaviyoor Mahadeva temple,
which was constructed in the early years of the 10th century, is one of
the oldest of the Mahadeva temples in Kerala. References are there in
the Kaviyoor Shasanas of 950 A.D. about the gifts that were offered to
this temple. But it is believed that the 'Darusilpas' seen around the
temple belong to the 17th century.
The Bhagavathy temple here
is believed to help people realise their dreams. People bring offerings
in different forms during the festival. There are also beautiful wall
paintings and artistic stone works.
The holly Patriarch of
Anthioch, while on his visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His
mortal remains are kept in this church. Later this place was developed
into a place of pilgrimage, Even today, pilgrims, Indians as well as
foreigners, visit this place frequently. The important festival is in
February every year when devotees flock in thousands.
8 kms north of Kollam on the
Kollam-Alappuzha route, it is a major fishing harbour and the
headquarters of the Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Project set up inn 1953 AD.
This collaborative venture pioneered modern fishing methods in Kerala.
7 kms from Thiruvalla. It is famous
for the church, believed to be among one of the seven and a half
churches originally established by St. Thomas in Kerala. This church
displays a marked influence of ancient temple architecture.
The Rakhtakanta Swamy Temple and
the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of 'meenam' are the
main attractions of Omallur. People from both within and outside
participate in the fair.
Nearly 66 kms east of Kollam, it's
a scenic spot at the intersection of the Kollam-Shencotta and
Thiruvananthapuram-Shencotta roads. A number of rubber and tea
plantations lend a touch of civilization to the otherwise virgin
landscape. Large consignments of timber are exported from Thenmala. The
dam site here is an added tourist attraction.
Excursions from Pathanamthitta
Kadammanitta, a village 8 kms away from Pathanamthitta is famous for
its annual Patayani festival held in the premises of the Devi temple.
The palace is located at a distance of 47 kms, at Kayamkulam, on the
way to Kollam. The double storeyed palace contains one of the greatest
Mural panels in Kerala. more..
Chilanthiyambalam is situated in Kodumon panchayat about 15 kms. from
Pathanmathitta town. It is believed that this temple was built during
the reign of the last king of the Sakthibhadra Kingdom.
Konni is an important junction in Kottayam-Punalur route. It is about
11 kms. from the district headquarters. It is an important centre for
cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee and ginger, which forms the
backbone of the agricultural economy of the state.
Fairs & Festivals - Pathanamthitta
Sabarimala Festival .
Maps - Pathanamthitta
Climate - Pathanamthitta
General Information - Pathanamthitta
August To March.
Malayalam, Hindi, English.
Mean Max: 37.0 deg.C
Mean Min: 22.0 deg.C .
500-1000 mt. above sea level.