Pathanamthitta District

Pristine

Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is the headquarters of Pathanamthitta district. Even before getting this status, it had an important place in the erstwhile Travancore State. The biggest taluk in the Travancore State was Pathanamthitta and the revenue collection from this taluk played a prominent role in filling the coffers of the State. It has a number of high schools and a first grade college. There are numerous churches, mosques, temples and people live harmoniously with each other. There is a beautiful mosque in the heart of the town and the annual Chandanakudam festival here is important. Chuttipara in the town and Valanchuzhi temple, on the banks of Achankovil River, attracts many people.


A hilly territory of pristine beauty, Pathanamthitta is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. Three rivers course through its rich terrains, comprising natural divisions of the lowlands, the midlands and the highlands. Dotted with temples, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves, more than fifty percent of the total area of this region is covered by forests. Hailed as a heritage village, it attracts visitors from India and abroad, with its spectacular water fiestas, religious shrines and cultural training centres. Pathanamthitta is also home of the unique Aranmula Kannadi - metal mirrors that are painstakingly handcrafted and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, a heritage village which practices and promotes the ancient Indian architecture theorems of  Vaasthu Vidya, in its purest form.

 

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Nearby Tourist Destinations

Niranam
Situated about six km. away from the headquarters of the Tiruvalla Revenue Division. Niranam is famous from very ancient times.

Kadammanitta
Kadammanitta, a village eight km. away from Pathanamthitta is famous for Padayani, which is an important ritual art performed in the premises of the Mother Goddess.

 

Sabarimala

Sabarimala is located 72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km. from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km. from Kochi. One of the most famous Hindu pilgrim 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… read more

Gavi

Gavi Eco-Tourism, a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has caught the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is exclusive in many respects and the majority who visited was nature lovers and adventure tourists. Over a short period of time visitors to Gavi gradually increased, especially… read more

Aranmula

The famous Parthasarathi temple on the banks of the holy river Pamba, dedicated to Lord Krishna, attracts a large number of devotees. It has been interpreted that the diety in the temple is in the form of the ‘Viswaroopa’ of Lord Krishna, which appeared before Arjuna at the time of… read more

Konni Elephant Camp

Konni is an important place in the Kottayam-Punalur route. It is about 11kms. away from the district headquarters. It is a famous centre for cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee and ginger which form the backbone of the agricultural economy of the State. Konny also has a famous eco-tourism project,… read more

Perumthenaruvi Waterfalls

The waterfalls in the river Pamba at Perumthenaruvi, attracts thousands of people. This is a beautiful natural waterfall and an ideal tourist location. Here, the gushing water pours down a rocky path into a ravine about 100 feet deep. Ideal for an outing, this place is a popular picnic spot.… read more

Kadammanitta

Kadammanitta, a village eight km. away from Pathanamthitta is famous for Padayani, which is an important ritual art performed in the premises of the Mother Goddess. It is celebrated every year from the first to the tenth (Pathamudayam) day of the Malayalam era month of Medom   read more

Niranam

Situated about six km. away from the headquarters of the Tiruvalla Revenue Division. Niranam is famous from very ancient times. Niranam derives its importance mainly from the Orthodox Syrian Church there, which is believed to be one of the seven and a half churches founded by the apostle, St. Thomas.… read more

Pandalam

Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala in sanctity and significance. Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. It is believed that the Raja constructed a temple close to his palace on the banks of river Achenkovil, modeled… read more

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