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Situated near the Western Ghats and hedged in by the hills, Pathanamthitta is a treat to the eye with its vast, unending stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Blessed and enriched by nature the district is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals.

Pathanamthitta engrossed on the hilly terrain of Kerala can rightly be called the headquarters of pilgrimage tourism in the state. Sabarimala , an important Hindu pilgrimage centre attracts crores of pilgrims from the different parts of India and the state.

Like most of other districts in Kerala , Pathanamthitta also consists of three natural divisions namely the lowland, middleland and the highland. The highland stretches through the Western Ghats, descends to the middle land in the centre down to the middleland of Coconut gardens in the Western borders of Alleppey district. Achan Kovil, Manimala and Pamba are the three important rivers that flow through this district. Forests cover more than 50% of the total area of the district. Timber is the most important forest product in the district.

TOURIST PLACES AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Sabarimala (Pilgrim Centre)

This is a well known (Temple) pilgrim centre in the rugged terrains of the Western ghats. The holy shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa attracts crores of pilgrims from all over, especially from other parts of South India. The main Pilgrimage season is November-January . Vehicle traffic cannot go beyond Pamba and the 5 km to the shrine can be reached only by trekking. Men of all ages and Ladies aged over 50 are only allowed .

Aranmula

This is another pilgrim place for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is 10 km away from Chengannoor on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kottayam route. A major attraction is the snake boat races held as part of the festival in August - September. Aranmula is famed for its hand-made mirrors of polished metal called the "Aranmula Kannadi".


Kozhencherry

Situated 13 km from Pathanamthitta Town on the banks of the Pamba river, the place is known for the Maramon convention held in February - March, which is the biggest religious gathering of Christians in Asia. Niranam, the oldest Christian church said to be built by Apostle St. Thomas in 52 AD is situated here.


Perunthenaruvi waterfalls

The Perunthenaruvi waterfall which flows down a rocky path into a ravine 100 feet deep, is accessible by bus from Quilon..


Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre

Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre founded by Louba Schild, a French scholar under the Indo French cultural exchange programme, was started with UNESCO support. Those interested in culture and the arts would not want to miss it. The centre offers residential training courses in Kerala's traditional arts and crafts like Kathakalai, Mohiniattam, Bharata Natyam, Kalaripayattu, Music, Wood carving etc.



FESTIVALS AND OTHER SPECIALITIES

Aranmula Vallam kali

Aranmula Vallamkali (Boat race) the water fiesta of Aranmula during Onam, owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple. This Krishna Temple is situated on the banks of the Pampa river in Aranmula, is a picturesque village, 9 km from Chengannur. The commencement of the event is marked by a snake-boat race in the afternoon. Early morning, the Snake Boats assemble near the temple, and take off in pairs. Each boat is thirty feet long and accommodates four helmsmen, one hundred rowers and twenty-five singers. Snake-Boats in action, with incessant full-throated singing and vociferous shouting by the crowds in an exciting event.


Maramon Convention

Maramon is about 16km east of Thiruvalla. The Maramon Convention, believed to the largest Christian gathering in Asia, is an assembly of Christians from all over India, who come here to listen to the gospels read and expounded by scholars of christianity throughout India and abroad.

It is held during the month of February on the banks of the river Pamba. Christians arrive with cadjan leaves and bamboo poles and erect a huge "pandal". In the vicinity, tents and sheds are also put up for various purposes. People come in long "valloms" (country boats) with canopies and anchor them down the river at this time. Temporary restaurants, religious book stalls, etc., also appear in the vicinity.

 

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