Transportation, Accomodation to/at Sabarimala
Hyderabad to Sabarimala - Sabari Express – Train No 7230
Sabarimala to Hyderabad – Sabari Express – Train No 7229
The most famous pilgrimage destination in Kerala is Sabarimala.
The Sabarimala pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January and attracts pilgrims from all parts of the country and abroad. A lot of pilgrims go to Sabarimala from Hyderabad every year.
Mandalapooja (Nov.17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan.14th) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).
Pilgrims set out in groups under a leader, and each carry a cloth bundle called “Irumudi kettu” containing traditional offerings. The easiest route is via Chalakkayam, by which one can reach the banks of the river Pamba by vehicle. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.
Temple closes, after the season, on 20-01-2009. This is immediately after the Pandalam Royal Representatives pay obeisance to the Lord at 0700 hrs on 20-01-2009
Accommodation for Sabarimala Pilgrims
For Advance booking in Devaswom guest houses contact:
Travancore Devaswom Board,
Phone: 0471-2315156, 2316963, 2317983
For Booking from Sabarimala Contact:
Accomodation Office at Sannidhanam
Sannidhanam Forest IB Phone: 202074 / 202075
6 Room Rs.300 per day
Field Director, Project Tiger Kottayam,
Sannidhanam KSEB IB Phone: 202024
3 Rooms Rs.20/- per person. 1 Hall: Rs.10/- Per person
Contact: Board Secretary, Vaidyuthi Bhavan
Forest Department has also an IB Dormitary at Pamba.
IB has 3 Rooms (Rs.300 per day). Accommodation is available in the Dormitory for Rs.50 per person.
1. Buses Operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Travancore Devaswom Board and Private vehicles are available to Pamba.
2. Dolly service is available from Pamba to Sannidhanam for those who are unable to scale the heights. Dolly fare Rs. 660/- (Rs. 330/- for one way)
3. Pilgrims can seek the help of Cardiology centres at Appachimedu (Phone No. 04735202319) and Sannidhanam (Phone No. 04735202080)
4. Sabarimala is a "No Smoking" zone and smoking is strictly prohibited.
How to reach Pampa
The pilgrims can reach Kottayam & Chengannur by Railway and Punalur and from there by bus to Pampa.
KSRTC has started operating buses to Palani and Thenkashi from Pampa for the convenience of the Sabarimala pilgrims. Besides, the Govt. of Tamil Nadu has been given the permission to operate 20 buses from different parts of Tamil Nadu to Pampa. A chain service exists between Pampa and Nilackal base camp.
K.S.R.T.C Bus fare from Pampa
Pampa - Pathanamthitta Rs. 44
Pampa - Kottayam Rs. 74
Pampa - Erumely Rs. 35
Pampa - Ernakulam Rs.114
Pampa - Chengannoor Rs. 58
Pampa - Kottarakkara Rs.65
Pampa - Kumily Rs. 92
Pampa - Thiruvananthapuram Rs. 104
Pampa - Pandalam Rs. 53
Pampa - Attingal Rs.90
Pampa - Kilimanoor Rs. 82
Pampa - Guruvayoor Rs. 164
Pampa - Thrissur Rs. 145
Pampa - Adoor Rs. 54
Daily Schedule at Sabarimala Temple
Nada Opening 4:00
Usha Pooja 7:30
Nada Closing 1:00
Nada Opening (Evening) 4:00
Athazha Pooja 10:30
Nada Closing 11:00