One of the most prominent pilgrim centers in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 m above sea level. Situated at a distance of 72 km from Patthanamthitta town, the traditional route to Sabarimala is from Erumeli, which is at a distance of 40km. The temple is devoted to Sree Ayyappa. Pilgrim season: November to mid January. Mandalapooja , Vishu Vilakku in April and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season.
Aranmula boat race
The river Pamba at Aranmulla is the location of this famous snake boat race. Locally known as Chundan Vallomkali , this rythmic show which has the boats going 100 feet in length invites people from all over the world. The race is held on the last day of the week long Onam Festival to honor Lord Krishna's crossing of the river.
Mannadi kavu
Mannadi has a special place among the cultural centers of Kerala. Mannadi kavu Temple is located in the southern part of Pathanamthitta District.Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk arts imparts training in the different traditional art forms. The religious customs observed in this holly temple were odd and different from the contemporary temples in South Kerala. The place is also known for the very old Bhagavathi temple here and the stone work and figurines in the temple yard. The Kalivilaks are specially notable and magnificent in sight, which are made up from single stones.
This village is situated on the banks of Manimala River. Many ancient temples here. The Sree Hanuman temple here is one of the few temples in the state devoted to the monkey god. The temple structure also is a wonderful example of typical Kerala temple structural design.
Parumala is famous for the Ormaperunnal. The annual commerative feast ( Ormapperunnal) at the Parumala Church will be held from October 26 to November 2, 2000. The memorial day celebrations of Mar Gregorios Metropolitan and the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church.
Kadammanitta, a village 8 kms away from Pathanamthitta is popular for its annual Patayani festival held in the location of the Devi temple. Patayani, a ritual art form is an contribution to the mother Goddess. This festival is conducted every year from the first day of the Malayalam month Medam (April) to the 10th day. The 10th day is considered to be the most favorable day, which is celebrated as 'Pathamudayam'.