Pathanamthitta is considered as the heritage village for its religious shrines, the cultural training center and is also considered as the highlight for pilgrim worship. The rivers, the lakes, the mountains, the sea and the beautiful landscape dotted with religious centers is a major tourist attraction. Nearly fifty percent of the land is under forest cover giving tourists a mind blowing view of the thick-dense forests with a wide variety of wildlife inhabitance. Pathanamthitta is known as the pilgrim capital of Kerala, because of its close proximity to famous pilgrim center –Sabarimala.Pathanamthitta lies in the banks of three major rivers - Achankovil, Pamba & Manimala. All these rivers flow through the district. Pathanamthitta is blessed with scenic beauty since it lies very close to Western ghats.

Places to visit

Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple

The Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is a well-known pilgrimage center and is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The Sabarimala festival witness a huge number of devotees gathering in this shrine to experience the divinity.Sabarimala is a famous Hindu pilgrimage center dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is situated in hill ranges of Western Ghats, in the Periyar Tiger Reserve Area. This temple is surrounded by 18 hills and dense forest called as Poonkavanam. Sabarimala is one among the few temples which is open to people from all religion.There is a place near the temple; east to Sannidhanam, dedicated to the Vavar (a sufi and friend of Lord Ayyappa) which is called 'Vavarunada', an epitome of religious harmony.The pilgrimage season in Sabarimala actually begins in the month of November and ends in the month of January.Mandala pooja during Decemberand Makaravilakku during the month of January are the two main events of the pilgrim season.The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April). People who visit Sabarimala have to have to strictly observe certain customs. They have observe austerities for 41 days before attending the Mandalapooja. Pilgrims carry a bundle of cloth called as Irumudikettu having traditional offering to The Lord Ayyappan. Pilgrims have to trek through forests about 4 to 5 kms which is difficult after reaching Pamba river since after Pamba vehicles cannot go. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. Males of all age groups can visit the temple. In case of females they can only visit the temple when they are young that is before attaining puberty or in their old age.

Konni Forest reserve

Konni is a small town in Pathanamthitta district famous for its thick green forest reserve. Situated in the banks of Achencoil river the vast extents of Western Ghats are exceptional in scenic beauty.The rich forest reserve is a shelter place for wild elephants and also has an elephant training center hence emerges as a tourist spot for elephant safaris.Huge elephants cages built out of wood to house the elephants can be seen here.Cages are locally known as Aanakoodu were three or four elephants can be accommodated at a time. The numerous streams and lakes here adds to the charm of this place. Various parts of this forest are developed for trekking purposes by Kerala tourism department. Half day trekking through this forest can take tourists to Kurichi,Chavarpandy and Peruvally in Kallar river. The kottavanchi ride (bowl boat) is arranged in Kallar river at Adavi which will be a rare experience to the tourists.During the boat ride there are chances of spotting wild elephants in the forest if you are lucky enough.


Gavi is an Eco tourism project of Kerala Forest Development Corporation which is a major attraction for European tourist. Gavi is listed in the 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major as a leading Eco tourism project and must visit spot in India. The local communities have helped a lot developing Gavi as a major tourist spot. Gavi offers its tourists activities like trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents, and night safaris. Green Manson an eco-lodge in Gavi offers a spectacular view of the Gavi lake and surrounding forests. Tree houses and pitch tents in the woods also provides a thrilling experience. Gavi is blanketed by tea and cardamom plantations. The richness of flora and fauna makes it a paradise for nature lovers. More than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers are found here, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. Gavi has excellent viewpoints like Valley view which provides a breathtaking view of the narrow gorge with steep slopes and forest below, Kochu Pampa is spot from the Green Manson were one can see the grazing Nilgiri Tahrs. Night camping in the forest can provide us with the most exciting experience which cannot be explained in words. The avian life can be enjoyed by halting in tree houses. The magical spell of Gavi will provide each visitor a lifetime memory.

Perunthenaruvi Waterfall

Peruthenaruvi waterfalls is located in the dense forest area of Sabarimala.This water. It is beautiful picturesque point for tourists and resting place for Sabarimala pilgrims. Its name Peruthenaruvi means “The great honey stream” is given due to the presence of plenty of beehives near to its origin.The waterfalls from a height of 100 feets and joins the Pambariver.The water gushing through the rocky terrains is a breathtaking taking view.There is nothing extra ordinary about the height of the waterfalls,its beauty catches the eyes of the tourists.

Charalkunnu Hillspot

Charalkunnu is a famous hill station in Pathanamthitta which invites all tourists to this place. The people who want to quiet and calm atmosphere can always prefer this serene hill station. From the hill top one can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the low lying valleys and streams. The evergreen dense forests with wide range of flora and fauna adds to the charm of this place.There is camp house here providing all lodging facilities for the tourists.

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is an important temple in Kerala dedicated to the Lord Shiva. There is a Hanuman temple which is situated inside this temple. This temple is situated in a small hillock, 21 wide steps leads to the east Gopuram.In eastern court there is a huge flagmast with two lamps on either side.The architecture of the temple is the traditional Kerala structure with copper-covered roofs, golden flag masts and wide steps at the entrance. The temple has huge collections of golden ornaments like Swarnaprabhamandalam, Golden Nettippattams and ezhunnallippuchatams, Golden pots, Golden Reliefs of Deities, Golden Umbrellas, Golden Chains and Several materials with precious gems.

St. George Orthodox Church

The St. George Orthodox Church is one of the oldest churches in South India and the architecture has Gothic and Persian styles adopted. The Kalkurish or Stone Cross that has carving of angels and saints is another main attraction to tourist and worshipers who visit the church. Chembuduppu is one of the major rituals conducted in this church.The cross cut from stone, which has carvings of saints and angels, is a main attraction and shelter for the pilgrims visiting thechurch.It is believed that whoever prays heart felt infront of this Kalkurishu is blessed.

Muloor Smarakam

The MuloorSmarakamhome of the famous poet and social reformer Muloor S. PadmanabhaPanicker. The State Cultural Affairs have taken over his house and converted it into a memorial.He started writing peoms in very young age and later became a social reformer and orater too. In 1913, he was honoured with the title of “SarasaKavi” meaning humorous poet by KeralavarmaValiyaKoyiThampuran.Muloor's works include "Kiratham", "Nalacharitham", "KrishnarjunaVijayam", "Kuchelavrutham", "NeethisaraSamuchayam" and "Sanmarga Chandrika".The work "AsannamaranaChinthasathakam" won the Bhashaposhini Award.

Aranmula Boat Race

The Aranmula Boat Race is the famous snake boat race held along the great Pamba River. The race is held every year during the time of Onam to commemorate the devotion to Lord Krishna.It is considered as ‘’Uthrittathi’’ day as it is the anniversary of the installation of the idol consecrated in the south, by Pandavas.It is conducted in the last day of the seven day long Onam festival. The boat race is a friendly rivalry between the contestants.The scene of the snake boats moving in rhythm accompanied by singing of the oarsmen is indispensiple.The golden lace at the head of the boat, the flag and the ornamental umbrella at the center make it a show of pageantry too.This boat race conducted in the famous Parthasarathi temple where lots of people assemble to watch and cheers the participants.These boats are built by boat buliders with special techniques and are passed on from generations to generations.Aramula is also famous for Valkannadi which a mirror made out rare combination of metals.This was being used as mirror in ancient days.The boat race followed by the AramnulaVallasadya served to the oarsmen in the premises of the Parthasarathitemple.The mega feast with rice and 68 side dishes is served to almost 50,000 people every year.


Mannadi situated in Adoor is where the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, Valuthampi Dalawa spent his last days. There is famous Kali temple in Mannadi known as MannadiKavu.The deity in this temple is Kali, who is considered to be very powerful.The ancient temple is full of magnificient stone carvings.The most famous festival of this temple is “Ushabeli” in the month of February – March.An open-air theatre, a statue of the freedom fighter and a museum are the main tourist attractionsin this region.