How to Visit Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple in Kerala
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple which attracts millions of devotees every year from all over the country and abroad, is one of the ancient mountain shrines situated in a deep, dense forest situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala , in the Ranni-Perunad village of Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, in South India.
Anybody can visit this temple and offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa. However, entry is restricted for women from the age group of 10 to 50.
The main festivals of this Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa temple are Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku. Sabarimala temple remains closed throughout the year after the Mandalakalam. Nowadays, it opens for the first 5 days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu festival (April) for carrying out poojas. Chengannur, Thiruvalla and Kottayam are the nearest railway stations to this holy site.
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The city is well connected with the rest of the country with superb road and railway networks. Pilgrims need to walk around 4 kilometers from Pamba as the temple is accessible only by foot.
Nearest railway station: Chengannur railway station, which is located at a distance of about 90 km from Pamba, is the railway station nearest to Sabarimala. Chengannur is en route between Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam and hence is connected to all other important railheads in India. One can avail taxi services from Chengannur to Pamba.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airports are the international airports in Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram. Pilgrims reaching Kochi by air will have to travel about 160 km by road and those flying in to Thiruvananthapuram will have to travel about 170 km by road in order to reach the temple.
Best Visiting Time: November – January
Dress Code To Be Followed At The Temple: Devotees wear blue, black or saffron-coloured costumes. Devotees abstain from shaving during the 41 days of austerity period and wear a Rudraksha/Tulsi chain. They also wear Vibhuthi/Sandal paste on their forehead.