Pathanamthitta is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala a hilly territory of pristine beauty. Three rivers course through its rich terrains comprising natural divisions of the lowlands, the midlands and the highlands. Dotted with temples, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves, more than fifty percent of the total area of this region is covered by forests. Hailed as a heritage village, it attracts visitors from India and abroad for its spectacular water fiestas, religious shrines and cultural training centres. Pathanamthitta is also home to the unique Aranmula Kannadi - metal mirrors that are painstakingly handcrafted and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, a heritage village which practices the ancient Indian school of architecture, vaasthu vidya, in its purest form…..
Pathanamthitta sightseeing places
Aranmula: The famous and ancient temple here is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Apart from this, the place is famous for its metal mirrors, ‘Aranmula Kannadi’, made of bell metal. Girdled by the holy river Pampa, along with undulating green hillocks, this is a small temple town declared as an international tourism destination by Union government of India. Aranmula Vallamkali (boat race) in river Pamba- Pampa Palliyodam is yet another spectacular water fiesta. Celebrated as a part of the annual commemoration of week long Onam festival, the boat race presents a spectator with the rare glimpses of the 30 feet long snake boats.
Vasthu vidya gurukulam: This gurukulam is 16 km from Patthanamthitta town, constituted by the state cultural department for ancient Indian architecture and mural paintings is a true feast to your mind, body and soul. Kathakali, the real art of Kerala too has its share in this tiny temple town.
Charalkunnu: Charalkunnu is also renowned as a religious centre for Christians, for its many Convention centers organizing holy preaching from Bible. This is a picturesque hill station, where the panoramic view of valleys merges with that of the sinuous river Pamba. From rooms and dormitories to comfortable camp houses in dense forests, the place has everything to fulfill your accommodation facilities.
Kakki: Set in a sylvan background, this reservoir can engage you in exhilarating boat rides. Dense forest abounds this manmade artificial lake, where deer, monkeys, elephants and tigers are all set to steal your glance!
Konni: Located on Kottayam-Punalur route, the place is at a distance of 11 km from Patthanamthitta. Significant for its cash crops reserves like rubber, pepper, coffee and ginger, the place forms the backbone of agricultural economy of the state. Konni is a perfect Eco Tourism getaway. A place for taming and training wild elephants, the big wooden cage (“Anakoodu”-elephant cage) of elephants is an all-time crowd puller. Engage yourself in elephant rides through forest during leisure hours.
Perunthenaruvy: This breathtaking place is easily accessed via Vachoochira, situated at a distance of 36 km from Patthanamthitta. Sparkling water, dense forests and hefty rocks - this picture-perfect waterfall near river Pamba attracts thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign. The water flows down a rocky bed into a gully, which is 60 to 115 feet deep - visitors are advised to be cautious.
Kadamanitta: This small village, located just 8km from Patthanamthitta town, celebrates its 10-day long festival from the first day of Medam. The place is famous for “Padayani”- (literally means formations or rows of army), which is the most significant ritual art performed in the premises of Kadammanitta Devi temple. Renowned both as an art form and a ritual, Padayani is considered as an offering for mother Goddess. With most important impersonations like that of Bhairavi(Kali), Kolam(god of death), Yakshi(Fairy), Pakshi(Bird), this art form is too vibrant and captivating for its spectators.
Things to Do
- Trekking - Patthanamthitta organizes trekking to Sabari hills during January to March. Action packed destinations includes the places like Ranni-Rajapara-Nilackal, Sabrimala, Uppupara and Vandipriyar. Convoluted and wild, it will take 5-6 days to complete trekking to these places.
- Try “Thattukadas” (Street Food Vendors) - Feel the taste of rural food with “thattu dosas” and Kappa (tapioca) and satiate your taste buds like never before. When hunger strikes, stroll along the central junction in Patthanamthitta at night, pay a visit to the street food vendors offering mouthwatering dishes.
Location: A land-locked district situated in the southern part of Kerala, Patthanamthitta is bordered by Kottayam and Idukki districts in the north, Alappuzha in the west and Kollam in the south.
Climate: Pathanamthitta experiences a tropical climate, with monsoon starting its sway in June. During April and May, the place gets pretty humid. Temperature settles within a minimum of 22.0 degree Celsius and during summers, the temperature may go up to a maximum of 37.0 degree Celsius.
Best Time to Visit: August to March will be the best season to visit Patthanamthitta, so that you won’t miss the Aranmula Vallamkali (Aranmula Boat Race) during the Onam Season. Best weather: October-February
Shopping: Shopping in Patthanamthitta is incomplete without the alluring Aranmula Kannadi (mirror), specially made of bell metal. Spice up your trip by shopping for some rare spices and also pepper and cardamom. You also get to buy premium quality cashew nuts here. Seed farms in Adoor, Pullad and Pandalam offer good quality seeds and planting materials!
How to Reach Pathanamthitta?
By Air: Nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, located at a distance of 113 km. Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 142 km.
By Rail: The Railway Station in the district, Thiruvalla Railway Station, is situated 30 km from Patthanamthitta town. However, you can also board your train from Chengannur, located 26 km from Patthanamthitta.
By Road: KSRTC and private buses play equal role in connecting major cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin and Trichur. For those preferring luxury and comfort, A/C Luxury Bus Services operating from Pathanamthitta are the best pick.