The town’s name is a combination of two Malayalam words ‘Pathanam’ and ‘Thitta’, which together mean “houses by the riverside”. Pathanamthitta is a fast-developing town and business centre. Three great rivers, the Pamba, Achankovil and Manimala, undulate through this district. A highlight is the temple of Sabarimala which is a very famous Hindu shrine visited by an estimated 30 million devotees each year, making it one of the world’s largest religious congregations.

Attractions in Pathanamthitta, around and from Pathanamthitta

  • Aranmula Boat Race Aranmula is the only snake boat race in Kerala with a ritual background. Taking place during the Onam festival (Aug/Sep), it is definitely the most colourful of all boat races in Kerala

  • Sabarimala One of the most famous pilgrim centers in India and one of the largest religious congregations in the world, this shrine is situated in the high mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and is dedicated t

  • Valiyapally Church Valiyapally or big church was built in 1550 by the descendants of the 72 families whose forefathers were the seven clans who migrated to India in 345 AD from Jerusalem. Built entirely of wood the chur