Tourism Attractions

Sabarimala Sree Dharmasastha

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples. This is one of the most ancient temples in Kerala. Sabarimala lies 191kms away from Thiruvananthapuram and 210kms away from Kochi (Cochin). The holy shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is situated 914 metres above sea level amidst dense forests in the rugged retrains of the Western Ghats. The temple is situated in the interior of the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and is accessible only by foot. Lord Ayyappa is looked upon as the guardian of mountains and there are several shrines dedicated to him all along the Western Ghats. The vehicle goes only up to Pamba and the temple which is situated five kms away from Pamba can be reached only by trekking.

Pandalam

It is believed that Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala spent his human life until adolescence in the palace of Pandalam as the son of the king of Pandalam. Therefore this town is considered as a holy place. The Valiyakoikal temple on the bank of river Achankovil has been modeled as a replica of Sabarimala Shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here for worship before proceeding to Sabarimala.
According to the legend Lord Ayyappa is foster son of the king of Pandalam. Pilgrims reach here to visit Pandalam Palace - where Lord Ayyappa spend his childhood,Valiyakoickal Sastha temple, Holy Ornaments(THIRUVABHARANAM) Manikandan Althara temple(It is believed that Lord Ayyappa took rest underneath the banyan tree, when he comeback with the Leopard- milk), Thonnallur Pattupurakavu Bhagavathi temple, Pandalam Mahadevar temple, Muttar Sastha temple, Gurunathanmukadi Ayyappaguru temple, Kaipuzha Sree Krishnaswamy temple and Pulikkunnil Sastha temple. Thiruvabharanam , the sacred ornaments of Ayyappa is kept in the palace. One of the major events associated with the Makaravilakku festival is the procession of Thiruvabharanam of Lord Ayyappa from this temple. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa is taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala. Pilgrims usually worships here before proceeding to Sabarimala.

Maramon

A mammoth religious convention of Christians, but attended by people belonging to all communities, is held at Maramon, near Kozencherry every year on the vast sandy beds of the river Pamba. By 1894 a number of small prayer groups were formed in the Methran Kakshi and this was followed by a big revival. They had regular meetings in various parishes. Because the number of people attending these meetings was growing it was decided to have a meeting of all these groups at a central place. The duty of organizing this meeting was given to the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association and the first convention was held in 1895 at Maramon.

Niranam

Niranam Church is believed to be one of the seven churches founded by St.Thomas himself. The oldest Christian church believed to be built by the Apostle St. Thomas in 52 A.D. is situated at Niranam. Niranam Church witnessed a number of historical events in the church history including the establishment of a Catholicate in the Indian Orthodox Church in 1912. The first Catholicose and second Catholicose of the church were ordained at Niranam Church (in 1912 and 1925). Four of the Malankara Metropolitans of the church passed away while staying here and two were buried here.

Parumala

Mar Gregarious Metropolitan, a Saint of Malankara Orthodox Church is buried here. The ormapperunnal celebrated on the first and second day of November every year, is very famous and is the time a large number of people flock to this place for worship.
The parumala church is dedicated in the names of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. The saintly Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Gregorios is buried in the northern corner of the church were the octagonal altar and the rectangular 'Haikla' of the church join together (the saintly Metropolitan was taken to his heavenly abode on 2 November 1902. The Holy Episcopal Synod Canonized him as a saint in 1947).

Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple

The Flag post of the Sree Vallabha Temple carved out from a single rock with a Garudan at the top. This temple is one of the most important pilgrim centre for Vaishnavites all over India. A granite pillar carved out of a single piece with an image of Garuda on its top stands in front of the temple. The pillar which serves as a flag staff is 60ft. in height. Kathakali, the classical dance of Kerala, is performed almost all nights in this temple as offerings by devotees.

Aranmula

Aranmula is situated on the banks of the river Pamba, 10kms away from Chengannur. The Krishna temple here attracts a number of devotees and is an important pilgrim centre. The annual commemoration of the installation of the diet, Parthasarathy falls on the last day of the weak long celebrations to the Onam festival. Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirror and. It is not made of glass but with bell metal. "Aranmula Kannadi" - hand-made mirrors of polished metal. A place promoted for rural tourism. This is a unique art which is not found anywhere else in the world. The technique of production of this mirror is a closely guarded secret handed over from generation to, generation of craftsmen.Another attraction, Aranmula Vallam Kali is one of the crowd pullers of Kerala. This snake boat race called Uthrattathi Vallamkali is conducted every year during the Onam season, that is the months of August and September. Nearly 30 snake boats (Chundan Vallams) participate every year in the race held on River Pamba.

Kaviyoor

The temple here dedicated to Sree Hanuman Stands on a small hill and has been built in the gable style of architecture peculiar to Kerala.. The temple has been assigned to the 8th century A.D., due to its close resemblances to the Pallava style. The stone figures engraved in this temple are among the earliest specimens of stone culture. This temple is now preserved as a historical monument by the Archeology department.

Mannadi

Veluthambi Dalawa, the gallant freedom fighter of Travancore spent his last days here. There is an ancient Bhagavathi temple here with some stone sculptures. The most important festival of this temple is Ushabali, which falls in February/ March.

Kadammanitta

This sleepy little village is famous for the ritual folk art called Padayani which is performed annually in the latter part of April in the Devi temple at Kadammanitta. It is situated 8kms away from Pathanamthitta.

   
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