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Pathanamthitta – The Eye Of Art, Culture & Religion


Pathanamthitta is located in the southern part of Kerala. It is the tiniest district in God’s Own Country. This district was formed on 1st November 1982, to accelerate the process of development. Now it is a rapidly growing city and business hub. The name of this place is originated from two words ‘Pathanam’ and ‘thitta’ (together these word means ‘cluster of ten houses by the river’).

Tourist Places In And Around Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is a prominent tourist niche for its boat races, religious shrines and the cultural training centre. It is often called the ‘Pilgrim Capital of Kerala’. It houses Sabarimala, where the abode of Lord Ayappa is situated, where millions of devotees come every year from all over India.

Moreover, this place has a rich tradition of art and culture. The rich art includes the famous ten-day-long ritualistic dance called Padayani. It is performed in Kadamanitta Devi Temple. Pathanamthitta is also famous for the Vasthuvidya Gurukulam that aims in preserving and promoting of Vasthuvidya and mural paintings.

Another notable local art form is ‘Aranmula Kannadi’. It is the making of handmade metal-alloy mirror. The technique of making this mirror is kept as a family secret of the craftsmen and is handed over from generation to generation.

Apart from the Sabarimala Temple, you can visit the Sreevallabha Temple, the Malankara Orthodox Church in Parumala, Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam, the Paliakkara Church, Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple and the statue of the famous freedom fighter Adoor Velu Thampi Deva.

Pathanamthitta Weather

Though this little town experiences a tropical climate, but winter is the time to visit this place.

How To Reach Pathanamthitta

You can come here by air, rail and road. Escape to Pathanamthitta and unwind yourself in the lap of nature and take salvation in its many temples and shrines.

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How to Reach Pathanamthitta

  • By Road
    Pathanamthitta can be reached by road as it is located near two highways, Punalur-Muvattupuzha Road (SH-08) and T. K. Road (SH-07). This makes road travel easy. Frequent buses are available from Pathanamthitta to all nearby areas. Private and K.S.R.T.C as well as luxury bus services are available to this town.
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  • By Train
    The Railway stations closer to Pathanamthitta are Chengannur and Thiruvalla. Chengannur Railway Station is 26 km way and Thiruvalla Railway Station is located 30 km from Pathanamthitta. Trains are available to all major Indian cities from these rail stations.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Pathanamthitta is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport that has both domestic and international flights. The distance between the airport and Pathanamthitta district is 113 km. You can hire a taxi or board a bus from the airport and travel to Pathanamthitta. The Cochin International Airport is 142 km away from Pathanamthitta.
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