Pathanamthitta, Tourist Attractions in Pathanamthitta

Tourist Attractions in Pathanamthitta

Tourist Attractions in Pathanamthitta

The various tourist attractions in Pathanamthitta are Omallur, Malayalapuzha, Kadamanitta, Konni, Sabarimala, Aranmula, Thiruvalla, Kaviyoor.

The Rakthakanta Swamy temple and the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of Meenam are the main attraction of Omallur. People from both within and outside the state participate in the fair.

The goddess at the Bhagavathy Temple in Malayalapuzha is believed to grant boons to devotees and help them realise their dreams. The temple has beautiful wall paintings and artistic stone carvings.

Malayalapuzha, Pathanamthitta


The Kadamanitta Devi temple is famous for the ten day long Padayani performances held in connection with the annual festival in April / May.


Konni is an agricultural region, and rich in cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee, ginger etc. It used to be a centre for training elephants. Konni is also known for its elephant rides and the Anakodu where elephants are tamed and trained for work.


Sabarimala is one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in India. Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa and open from November to mid January. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are the two main festivals which are celebrated during this season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu. People of all castes and creeds are permitted inside the temple, except the women between 10 to 50 years of age.


Aranmula, Aranmula Boat Race

Aranmula is located about 50 kms from Kottayam. The Parthasarthi temple, dedicated to Sree Krishna on the banks of the holy river Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. Aranmula is the place where the splendid Onam festival boat races take place. The famous Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the week long Onam festival. These races are religious, based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas, processions of decorated floats, and highly ornate boats make this a lovely event to witness. The Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music as well as Kalaripayattu. The foreign

tourists stay here for long period to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarthi temple here has fine murals from the 18th century. Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, a unique craft which is not found anywhere else in the world.


Thiruvalla is the headquarters of the Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church. The Paliakara Church in Thiruvalla has some exquisite mural paintings. The Sree Vallabha temple in Thiruvalla is perhaps the only temple in Kerala where Kathakali is performed as a ritual offering everyday.


Kaviyoor is situated on the banks of the Manimala river, and famous for its temples. The Hanuman temple is situated on a small hillock and is built in the gable style of architecture peculiar to Kerala. The rock cut Shiva temple, half a kilometre away, is of great archaeological significance. This temple belongs to the 18th century AD, and bears close resemblance to the Pallava style of architecture. The stone engravings here are among the earliest specimens of stone sculpture in Kerala.

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