Sabarimala: The mandala season and pilgrimage to Sabarimala hold profound emotional significance for devotees. It is one of the major pilgrimage centres in the country. Beyond the spiritual journey, the ascent up the mountain offers breathtaking views, and the region surrounding the temple is dotted with noteworthy tourist spots. For pilgrims coming from other states, these attractions can enhance their overall experience. Let’s explore some of these places:
Pandalam Palace carries a rich tapestry of history and legend, being the birthplace and upbringing site of Lord Ayyappan. Similar to the Sabarimala temple, tourists can visit the Valiya Koyikkal Dharmasastha temple, built by the King of Pandalam. Positioned on the banks of the Achankovil River, this temple is a significant pilgrimage centre near Sabarimala.
Known as the gateway to Sabarimala, Triveni Sangam holds a unique charm. Here, the Pamba River, referred to as Dakshina Ganga, converges with Manimalayar on the north side and the Achankovil River on the south side.
A popular pilgrimage site in the vicinity of Sabarimala, the Parthasarathy Temple is steeped in legend. It is believed that the idol worshipped here was installed by Arjuna. The temple, situated on the banks of the Pamba River, offers a serene and picturesque backdrop.
Located near Ranni, approximately 36 km from Pathanamthitta city, Perunthenaruvi is a captivating waterfall. It is accessible even from Erumely in Kottayam district; it is just 10 km away. The natural beauty surrounding Perunthenaruvi adds to its allure, making it a refreshing stop for pilgrims and travellers alike.