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The name of the district Pathanamthitta has been derived from a concoction of two words- “Pathanam” and “Thitta”, both of which are Malayalam words and are terms used to describe a row of houses on the sides of rivers. Bordered with the beautiful Western Ghats around it, this place has great ocular treats to offer. Being home to numerous churches and temples, this district is also a famous religious destination for the native as well as visitors. Tourists also visit the area to attend the cultural training centres and on special occasions such as the annual boat races and religious festivals etc. Almost half of the entire area under this district is covered by the dense forest land and is exceptionally pleasing to the eye. While the forests make the district a habitat of exotic flora and fauna, the agricultural land and plantations provide an exclusive atmosphere to the area.

Historically, the district earns its relevance from the fact that it was controlled and administered by the great Pandalam King; after which, it was established officially in the year 1982. The area of the district is spread over two thousand and forty two square kilometres. Presently, this district not only has successfully managed to preserve its culture but has also flourished in the modern facet simultaneously. It is home to the three water reservoirs located at Kakki, Pamba and Anthode that add to the charm of this district. If you do plan to visit this area of the state, ensure that you come with enough time to secure a visit to each of the following places:

Pathanamthitta Mosque

This mosque in the district is an extremely famous pilgrim centre for the Muslims. The festival of 'Chandanakkudam' attracts tourist and devotees from all over the world to become a part of the grand celebrations here. Filled with colours, decorated elephants, beautiful lights, the jovial music and most importantly, the enthusiasm of the visitors and participants, this festival is an experience that you will surely cherish for many years to come.

Manjinikkara

This destination is located at a distance of only six kilometres from the town of Pathanamthitta. The most celebrated location within this area is the sacred tomb of an illustrious Christian patriarch- Mar Ignatius 111. This tomb has preserved the mortal remains of the said Christian revered personality. Here, the month of February witnesses a grand festival.

Malayalappuzha

This place is at a mere distance of eight kilometres from the town and is where the antiquated and famous Bhagavathi temple is located. The beautiful architecture of the temple along with the peaceful atmosphere is breath-taking and an ideal place for tourists to revive themselves. It not only projects the architecture’s skill and talent but is also a classic specimen of the excellent craftsmanship. The elegant painting and stone figurines in and around the temple add to its appeal.

Kadammanitta

Kadammanitta this place is also situated at a distance of eight kilometres from Pathanamthitta and is a perfect explore of an intense Kerala village. Whenever it is that you visit this area, you must make it a point to take a stroll and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the native people. It is also the home to a beautiful Devi temple. The famous dance from called Padayani is also performed during a festival in the month of April every year and it is well worth of your time.

Sabarimala Sree Dharmasastha Temple

This temple’s most lucrative feature is that it is located in the middle of the great Sahya ranges and is situated nine hundred and fourteen meters above the sea level. Here, the devotees, especially, from the southern part of the country pay visits regularly and observe various stringent rituals for a period of forty one days. As a part of this ritual, they undertake a long journey uphill, towards the temple on foot to please their God and receive his blessings. The journey above mentioned, breaks, finally at the foot of the Pamba River- that makes the environment even more serene. In addition to this river, Perumthenaruvi also adds to the charm of the place. Around the same area, Nilackal is located and is also worth a visit. This is celebrated for the famous ancient Shiva Temple and the Ecumenical Christian centre.

Aranmula

This is another extremely popular pilgrim centre for the Hindus. This town is located by the side of Pamba River and is tremendously well known for the annual Snake-boat race that is held here. This race is held around the months of August and September when the tourists from all over the world and media swarm this place. The temple around this time of the year is beautifully decorated with exceedingly elaborate adornments. The festivities last for over a week and are launched in the honour of the installation of the new deity at the temple. This place is also celebrated for the Aranmula kannadi- the special metal mirrors often used to make crafted handles through a secret technique, very well guarded securely within the area.

Vijnana Kalavedi

Vijnana Kalavedi: This is an institute in the area where teachers and gurus depart various kinds of skills and knowledge by teaching different art forms of the state. It enjoys a very special place in the district and is famous amongst the foreigners as they often enrol here as students.

Kozhencherry and Charalkunnu

Located at a distance of only five kilometres from Kozhenchery, it is one of the most famous destinations amongst the Christians in India. It owes its relevance to the congregation held here every year, named as the Maramon convention that is conducted in the month of February/ March on an annual basis. Various other places of interest for the tourists in and around the district are Pandalam, The Valiya Koickal temple, Parumala, Malankara Orthodox Church, Thiruvalla Srevallabha Temple, Paliakara Church, Koduman and Mannadi etc.

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