Sabarimala is a popular religious destination among Hindus, harmoniously blending nature, culture, beliefs, myths, legends and people together in one string. Situated in the Western Ghat mountain ranges, Sabarimala enjoys the pristine beauty of nature. The place is flocked by tourists throughout the year, but especially during the holy months of November-December. This period is the Mandalakala Season as per the Malayalam Calendar, which is an annual pilgrim season.
Drawing reference to Mythology, Sabarimala literally means Sabari’s (a mythological character from Ramayana) mountain range. The origin and development of the pilgrimage refuse to be confined in the scribbled pages of history, and the temple remained hidden in the deep forests for centuries. It is said that the original path was rediscovered by a king.


The township of Sabarimala is always flocked with pilgrims, and the shops and hotels here are always inhabited by tourists from around the country. The important festival periods in Sabarimala are during the festival of Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku. The Vavar Shrine dedicated to a Muslim Saint Vavaru Swamy is Sabarimala is a major attraction here. The shrine sets a perfect example of religious tolerance and harmony that resides here.

Another popular attraction here is the Sabarimala Ayaooa Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in India. With history of more than 5000 years old, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, and is situated at an altitude of about 3000 feet. It is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

Malikappurathu Amma Temple (also known as Malikapuram Temple) is another holy temple in Sabarimala. Dedicated to Mallikappurathu, popular beliefs have it that the Raja of Pandalam sent Ayyappa to a famous martial arts school during his childhood. The young daughter of Ayyappa’s martial arts teacher fell in love with Ayyappa and requested Lord Ayyappa to marry her. But Ayyappan intended to be a bachelor and offered her a seat at Sabarimala, and she came be known as Malikappurathu Amma.

Other major attractions of Sabarimala

Best time to visit Sabarimala
The best time to visit Sabarimala is between November to end of January, as the period marks the pilgrimage season here. September to April is also be an ideal time to visit Sabarimala as it is soon after the monsoon season and before the peak summer season.

How to reach
Sabarimala can be reached through Pamba Township which is well connected with all the major cities by roads and railways.


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