|Pathanamthitta, a hilly terrain of pristine
beauty is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in
Kerala. More than fifty per cent of the total area of the land
of temple, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves is covered
by forest. The district is frequented by visitor from India
and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrine and
the cultural training centre. Pathanamthitta is bordered by
the Western Ghats on the east, Kollam district on the south,
Alappuzha district on the west and Kottayam and Idukki districts
on the north.
Best time to Visit August to March
STD Code 0473
Pathanamthitta is around 30 km south-east of Chengannur.
Air : Nearest - Cochin Airport ( 152 Km) Thiruvananthapuram
Rail :Chengannoor - 16 Km and Thiruvalla -26 Km are nearest
Road : Linked to all parts of the country.
Local : Taxi, Buses,Auto etc..
It is presumed that the regions presently under the district
were formerly under the Pandalam reign which had connections
with the Pandya Kingdom. Pathanamthitta now includes portions
of the erstwhile Kollam Alappuzha and Idukki districts. Pathanamthitta,
Adoor, Ranni, Konni and Kozhencherry are some of the important
places taken from Kollam district, whereas Thiruvalla and
Mallappally are the major places taken from Alappuzha district.
Tropical humid, Cool and pleasant in the High Ranges and the
Pilgrimage Centres :
Sabarimala One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India,
Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western
Ghats Sabarimala is surrounded by hazardous hills like Karimala
and Neelimala. Men of all ages are allowed inside the temple
but women only below 10 years and above 50 years of age are
Fairs and Festivals :
Aranmula Vallmakali (Boat Race) : Aranmula Vallamkali, the
water fiesta of Aranmula during Onam (September), owes its
origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple.The Commencement of
the event is marked by the snake boat race in the afternoon.
Maramadimatsaram (Ox Race) : This Ox race is held at Ananthapally
15 minutes drive from Adoor on the Pathanamthitta road. This
race is held as part of the largest annual agricultural and
cattle fair in the region in August.
Maramon Convention :Maramon is about 16km east of Thiruvalla.
It is held during the month of February on the banks of the
river Pamba. Christians arrive with cadjan leaves and bamboo
poles and erect a huge 'pandal'.
Places to visit :
Konni (Agricultural Region) : 11 kms from Pathanamthitta,
an agricultural region, Konni is rich in cash crops like rubber,
pepper, coffee, ginger etc. IT is also used as a centre for
Mannadi (folk Art Centre) : This is where Veluthampi Dalawa,
the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last
days. The ancient Bhagavathy Temple here contains some interesting
stone sculptures. Mannadi is also the venue of the Kerala
Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts.
Muloor Smarakam (Memorial) : The memorial to Muloor, a renowned
reformer and poet, is located at Elavumthitta.
Omallur (Cattle fair) : The Rakthakanta Swamy Temple and
the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of 'Meenam'
are the main attractions of Omallur. People from all around
Kerala and also many other states participate in the fair.
Charalkunnu Hill station : The picturesque hill station offers
a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the
hill provides comfortable lodging.
Perumthenaruvi : Perumthenaruvi is a famous waterfall on
the banks of the River Pamba. Here, the water flows down a
rocky bed into a ravine 60 to 100 feet deep. The place is
a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Vijana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre : Louba Schild, a French
scholar under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme,
who started this centre with UNESCO support, founded this
famous cultural centre.The centre offers residential training
courses, in Kerala's traditional arts & crafts like Kathakali,
Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu, Music, wood carving
Kakki Reservoir : Tigers, elephants and monkeys can be sighted
in the forest surrounding the reservoir.
River Pamba : This is the main halting point on the way to
Sabarimala, the famous pilgrim centre. It is also known as
'Thriveni Sangamam', the meeting point of three rivers.
Three important rivers flow through this district. They are
Pampa, Achankovil and Manimala rivers.