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Pathanamthitta is the smallest district of Kerala. The name Pathanamthitta is derived from two Malayalam words “Pathanam” and “thitta”, which together mean “array of ten “family” houses by the riverside”.
It is the pilgrim center of Kerala, renowned for the shrine of Lord Ayappa in the Sabari Hills, drawing millions of devotees from near and far off places. Pathanamthitta can be called as the spiritual capital of ‘God’s own Country’. The district also is known as a center for experiencing and learning some of the cultural as well as traditional practices of Kerala. Kollam, Kottayam and Alappuzha form the adjoining districts of Pathanamthitta.
The district is frequented by visitors from India and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrines and the cultural training centre.
Sabarimala Temple
The best known pilgrimage destination in Kerala is Sabarimala temple,which is situated high up in the Sahyadri mountains.Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples. It is the ‘Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa’ and one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centre in the country Sabarimala
MANNADI :  
This is where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. The ancient Bhagavathy Temple here has some exquisite stone sculptures. The annual festival is held in February/March. The Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts functions here. Velu Thampi Dalawa, the former Diwan of the Travancore Province, had committed suicide at Mannadi Temple, to avoid capture by the British.NIRANAM :
The oldest Christian church in India, believed to be built by the apostle St. Thomas in AD 52, is situated at Niranam. This is also the birth place of the poets and social reformers popularly known as the Karnassa Kavikal. The St. Thomas art gallery here has been built by an Ecumenical body known as Niranam Thomathu Kadavu Smaraka Trust.
THE ROCK CUT CAVE TEMPLE :
The rock cut Siva Temple, half a kilometre away, is of great archaeological significance. Dating back to the 8th century AD, this temple bears close resemblance to the Pallava style of architecture. The stone engravings here are among the earliest specimens of stone sculpture in Kerala.

MANJANIKARA CHURCH :  

Mar Ignatius Elias III, the holy patriot of Anthiod while on a visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His mortal remains are preserved at this church. Later this place developed into a pilgrim centre. The annual festival (Ormaperunnal) is held in February.

OMALLUR :

The Rakthakanta Swamy Temple and the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of Meenam are the main attractions of Omallur. People from both within and outside the State participate in the fair.

MALAYALAPPUZHA : 

The goddess at the Bhagavathy Temple here is believed to grant boons to devotees and help them realise dreams. The temple has beautiful wall paintings and artistic stone carvings.KADAMANITTA : 
The Kadamanitta Devi Temple is famous for the ten day long Padayani performances held in connection with the annual festival in April/May.
MULOOR SMARAKOM :
The memorial to Muloor, a renowned social reformer and poet, is located at Elavumthitta.
KODUMON CHILANTHIYAMBALAM :
The water of the Chilanthikinar (well) in the premises of this temple is believed to cure skin diseases. Kodumon is also the birthplace of Sree Shakthi Bhadra, author of Ascharya Chudamani.
One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa. Pilgrim season: November to mid January. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku 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). Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla (102 km)  People of all castes and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry is not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years of age.

PAMBA :

This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. It is also known as Thriveni Sangamam – the meeting point of three rivers.
ARANMULA :
The Parthasarathi Temple (dedicated to Sree Krishna) on the banks of the holy river Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. The famed Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival. The Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music, as well as Kalaripayattu. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarathi Temple here has fine murals from the 18th century.ARANMULLA KANNADI :
Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, a unique craft which is not found anywhere else in the world.NILACKAL :
The old Siva Temple on the Pamba – Pathanamthitta Road is an important place of worship. The estate of the Farming Corporation and the Ecumenical centre of the Christians are located here.PANDALAM :
As a holy town, Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala. Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. The Valiyakoikal Temple near the palace on the banks of River Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.
PARUMALA :
The Ormaperunnal (commemoration day) of Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church, is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November.
CHERUKOLPUZHA :
An important religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukol on the riverbed of the Pamba, usually in February every year.
KAVIYOOR :
Situated on the banks of the Manimala river, Kaviyoor is famous for its temples. The Hanuman Temple stands on a small hillock and is built in the gable style architecture peculiar to Kerala.
MARAMON :
Situated near Kozhencherry, Maramon is the venue of a mammoth religious convention of Christians from all over the world. It is attended by people from all communities. The convention which is usually held in February is addressed by religious thinkers and Christian scholars from across the world. This is perhaps the largest Christian convention in Asia.
ARANMULA :
The Parthasarathi Temple (dedicated to Sree Krishna) on the banks of the holy river Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. The famed Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival. The Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music, as well as Kalaripayattu. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarathi Temple here has fine murals from the 18th century.
ARANMULLA KANNADI :
Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, a unique craft which is not found anywhere else in the world.
NILACKAL :
The old Siva Temple on the Pamba – Pathanamthitta Road is an important place of worship. The estate of the Farming Corporation and the Ecumenical centre of the Christians are located here.PANDALAM :
As a holy town, Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala. Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. The Valiyakoikal Temple near the palace on the banks of River Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.PARUMALA :
The Ormaperunnal (commemoration day) of Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church, is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November.

CHERUKOLPUZHA :

An important religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukol on the riverbed of the Pamba, usually in February every year.
KAVIYOOR :
Situated on the banks of the Manimala river, Kaviyoor is famous for its temples. The Hanuman Temple stands on a small hillock and is built in the gable style architecture peculiar to Kerala.MARAMON :  
Situated near Kozhencherry, Maramon is the venue of a mammoth religious convention of Christians from all over the world. It is attended by people from all communities. The convention which is usually held in February is addressed by religious thinkers and Christian scholars from across the world. This is perhaps the largest Christian convention in Asia.