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Sabarimala Travel Guide

Located in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala, Sabarimala is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Probably, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, it is visited by around 50 million devotees each year. It is believed that Sabarimala is the place where Ayappan, one of the Hindu Gods meditated after he killed Mahishi, the powerful female demons. Ayyappan temple, set amidst 18 hills and temples, is located at an altitude of 1535 feet above the sea level.

This Hindu pilgrimage is mainly for men of all ages who during the pilgrimage wear black or blue dress. These men do not shave till they complete the pilgrimage and smear Vibhuti or Sandal paste on their forehead. Women between the age group of 10- 50 years are not allowed inside the temple, since as per the story, Lord  Ayyappa is a Celibate, women in the menstrual age group are prohibited.

How To Reach Sabarimala

By Air

The nearest airports to Sabaraimala are at Kochi and Trivandrum. While the Nedumbassery International Airport in Kochi is located at a distance of around 171 km, the Trivandrum International Airport is around 126 km away. From outside the airport, you can opt for pre-paid taxis to go to Pampa, which is located just at a distance of 4 km from the temple. The taxi may charge around INR 2500, for one-way. Both of these airports are well-connected to all the important cities of the country and a number of them abroad through regular flights.

By Train

The nearest railhead to Sabarimala is at Chengannur that is around 37 km away from Pamba. This railway station is situated on the main rail route between the cities of Trivandrum and Kottayam and is very well-connected through rail to all the other important railway stations in the country. Once at the station, you can hire a taxi or any other SUV service to Pamba. One-way taxi may charge around INR 1300.

By Road

Regular buses run by KSRTC buses are available to go to Pamba, which is well-connected via buses with all the important cities in Kerala. From here, a walk of 4 km takes you to Sabarimala. Regular buses are available from cities like Chengannur (93 km), Trivandum (126 km), Kottayam (109 km), Changanacherry (98 km) and Kochi (171 km).

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