Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta a hilly terrain of pristine beauty is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. More than fifty per cent of the total area of this land of temples, rivers mountain ranges and coconut groves is covered by forests. The district is frequented by visitors from India and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrines and the cultural training centre. Pathanamthitta is bordered by the Western Ghats on the east, Kollam district on the south, Alappuzha district on the west and Kottayam and Idukki districts on the north.

Pathanamthitta General Information

Area 2,731 Sq. km
Population 1,186,628
Male Population 130,9554
Female Population 1,351,278
Altitude 500-1000 m above sea level
Language Malayalam. English
Religion Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Rainfall Annual 240 cm
Climate Tropical
Tourist Season September to February

How to get there

By Air
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram 119 km

By Rail
Nearest railway station: Thiruvallam 30 km; Chengannur 28 km

By Road
Pathanamthitta is well connected by an excellent network of roads to all major towns in Kerala

  • 56 km from Kottayam
  • 146 km from Kochi

Omallur

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

Malayalapuzha

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

Kadamanitta

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

Konni Village

An agricultural region, Konni is rich in cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee, ginger etc. It used to be a centre for training elephants.

Thiruvalla

is the headquarters of the Malankara Marthom Syrian Church. The Paliakara Church here has some exquisite mural paintings.

Pathanamthitta Town

Pathanamthitta is the head quarters of Pathanamthitta district. The district was formed on Its November 1982. It was carved out of Idukki, Alappuzha and Kollam districts. The district is close to the Western Ghats and is endowed with scenic landscape comprising of low undulating hills, extensive stretches of lush forests, rivers and charming countryside. It is also known for exuberant fairs and festivals. Pathanamthitta district is known as the 'Headquarters of Pilgrimage Tourism', of the State.

Sabarimala

Sabarimala is situated 72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi. It is the 'Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa' and one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centres in the country. The traditional route to Sabarimala is from Erumeli (40 km.). Other routes are from Vandiperiyar, Uppupara and Chalakkayam via Plappally. These routes are famous for these scenic splendour and mythological value.

Cherukolpuzha

Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukole on the banks of River Pamba, usually in Feb every year. This famous convention is attended by a large number of people and addressed by prominent religious scholars and cultural personalities.

Arts and Culture

Although Pathanamthitta is the youngest among the districts of Kerala, the area comes under the district has a rich tradition of art and culture. The rich art includes the famous folk called Padayani. Vasthuvidya Gurukulam, constituted by the State's Cultural Department is a unique institution functioning for the promotion of Vasthuvidya.

Aranmula Kannadi

Aranmula Kannadi'Aranmula Kannadi' is a unique art which cannot be found else anywhere in the world.The making of the metal mirror is a long process that needs enough patience. Some undisclosed metals are alloyed with copper and tin to cast the Aranmula Kannadi in typical clay moulds.it takes not less than 14 days to make a dozen metal mirrors, and the smallest Aranmula Kannadi of one-and-a-half inches costs about Rs.950. The technique of production of this mirror is a closely guarded secret handed over from generation to generation of craftsmen.

Padayani

The Kadamanitta Devi Temple is famous for the ten day long Padayani performances held in connection with the annual festival in April/May. Padayani is a ritualistic dance, which literally means an array of common people. The figures in Patayani consist of Pisachu, Kali, Karakkura, Pillatini, Bhairavi, Kalan etc. The masks are painted with a grotesque surrealistic touch. The round eyes and the triangular ears and abnormal size of the head gear give a touch of super human dimension.

Vasthuvidya Gurukulam

Vasthuvidya Gurukulam is functioning for the functioning for the promotion of the ancient Indian architecture which is a pure and ethnic expression of Indian socio-cultural heritage. The objective of the Gurukulamis the preservation and promotion of vasthuvidya and mural paintings It also aims at the renovation and conservation of traditional buildings and mural paintings. The gurukulam has been conducting a one year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Vasthuvidya.

Excursions

Mannadi (folk Art Centre)

This is where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. The ancient Bhagavathy Temple here contains some interesting stone sculptures. Mannadi is also the venue of the Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts.

Muloor Smarakam (Memorial)

The memorial to Muloor, a renowned reformer and poet, is located at Elavumthitta.

Charalkunnu Hill station

The picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.

Perumthenaruvi

Perumthenaruvi is a famous waterfall on the banks of the River Pamba. Here, the water flows down a rocky bed into a ravine 60 to 100 feet deep. The place is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Vijana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre

Louba Schild, a French scholar under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme, who started this centre with UNESCO support, founded this famous cultural centre.The centre offers residential training courses, in Kerala's traditional arts & crafts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu, Music, wood carving etc

Shopping

We can get metal-ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shell, bamboo and cane, embroidered screw-pine (pandanas palm) mats, grass mats, and various other types of handicrafts items in Pathanamthitta.