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Sabarimala is situated 72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi. It is the ‘Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa’ and one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centre in the country.The traditional route to Sabarimala is from Erumeli (40 km.). Other routes are from Vandiperiyar, Uppupara and Chalakkayam via Plappally. These routes are famous for these scenic splendour and mythological value. Sabarimala The holy shrine is located amidst dense forests in the rugged terrains of Western Ghats. Inhabited by various wildlife species. Millions of pilgrims from all over the Country assemble here during the most arduous festivals called as ‘Vishu Vilakku’ in April, ‘Mandalapooja’, in the months of Vrichikam Dhanu (Nov. – Dec) and ‘Makaravilakku’ in mid January, coinciding with Sankramam.


Time (IST)


Opening of sanctum sanctorum,
3:00 AM
Ganapati Homam 3:30 AM
Neyyabhishekam From 3:30 to 7:00 AM
Usha Pooja From 7:30 AM
Neyyabhishekam From 8:30 – 11:00  AM
Using Ghee deposited in ‘Ney thoni’
11:10 AM
Ashtabhishekham (15 nos) From 11:00 to 11:30 AM
Ucha Pooja 12:30 PM
Closing of sanctum sanctorum 1:00 PM
Opening of sanctum sanctorum 3:00 PM
Deeparadhana 6:30 PM
Pushpabhishekam From 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Athazha Pooja From 9:30 PM
Closing of sanctum sanctorum
11:00 PM

By Rail:- Pilgrims can reach Kottayam & Chengannur by rail and from there by road to to Pampa
By Air:- Pilgrims can reach Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi by air and from there by rail/road to Pampa.
By Road:- KSRTC has started bus services to Coimbatore, Palani and Thenkasi from Pampa for the convenience of Sabarimala pilgrims. Besides, the Government of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been given the permission to operate buses to Pampa. A chain service exists between Pampa and Nilackal base camps.

Pampa River

This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. It is also known as Thriveni Sangamam – the meeting point of three rivers. The pilgrims can reach Chengannur Railway station by train and from there by bus to Pampa. Nearest Railway Stations is Chengannur – 0479- 2452340. Pamba Railway Enquiry Counter – 04735- 203605.


Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. As a holy town, Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala. The Valiyakoikal Temple near the palace on the banks of river Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.

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