Sabarimala is a Hindu Pilgrimage center in Kerala, located in the Western Ghat mountain ranges. The Sree Dharma Sastha Temple in Sabarimala, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most prominent Sastha temple in Kerala. If you are in Kochi and plan to travel to Sabarimala, you can take a road journey of around 3 and a half hour via National Highway 47 and Mannarkulanja-Pampa Road. You will be covering around 181 km if you travel by road. The KSRCT bus service connects Kochi to Pamba, which is 5km from Sabarimala. Vehicles are allowed only till Pamba. The cab rates for the routes vary from Rs 11/km to Rs 18.5/km depending on whether you choose a 4 seater Tata Indica or a 12 seater Tempo Traveller. There is no train or air connectivity between the two cities. The bus service would cost you from Rs 115 to Rs 130 depending on the speed of the bus service. The tickets can be booked from the KRSCT website between the stations Ernakulam (another name for Kochi) to Pamba. From Pamba to Sabarimala, it is a trek route, and you will have to sweat to please the Lord Ayyappa and visit the temple.
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The Hindu pilgrimage centre of Sabarimala is located in the Western Ghats in Kerala amidst dense and luxuriant forests. Pamba is the point of halting, on the journey to Sabarimala as vehicles cannot go beyond this point. The further journey has to be taken by the pilgrims by climbing the hill. The distance between Pamba and Sabarimala is nearly 6 km. Pilgrims can take a train up to Kottayam or Chengannur and then travel to Pamba by road. Chengannur is about 53 km away. The Southern Railways have a number of special trains during the Sabarimala season running between Kottayam and Chennai, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Coimbatore and a numerous other cities in South India. State service buses are available. Pilgrims can also hire cabs through Savaari Car Rentals to get to Sabarimala. The Trivandrum International Airport, located at a distance of 175 km is the nearest airway to Sabarimala. The main pilgrim season is from November to January. .
The hill shrine of Sabarimala is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in India with millions of devotees visiting every year. The temple is open only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu and is thronged by visitors not just from Kerala but all over India. The presiding deity of the Sree Dharmasastha Temple is Lord Ayyappa. The shrine is believed to be the place where Ayyapan himself meditated. Pilgrims are expected to undertake penance for a period of 41 days before visiting the temple. Women between the ages of 10-50 are not allowed in the temple. A mosque near the temple is dedicated to Vavar Swamy, a Sufi friend of Lord Ayyappa. The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is at a distance of 10 km from Sabrimala. Pilgrims wishing to travel to Sabarimala can hire Savaari car Rentals to visit the shrine as well as the Tiger Reserve.