Kerala is one of the famous states in the country. There are several factors that make the state so popular. One among them is the shallow rivers, tranquil backwaters, and luxurious houseboat cruises, the sprawling green meadows of tea, coffee, and spices covering the breath-taking bare mountains and bowl-shaped valleys and many more. Traversing through the lanes of historic monuments will help to unveil the curtains of ancient colonial days and trading systems. Visiting the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and bird sanctuaries will help you to mingle with various species of birds and animals. The fascinating charm of cascading waterfalls burbling on the rocks can be viewed from the spectacular tree houses located in the midst of the forest. Kerala has always been a favourite destination among travellers. People often say that Kerala is an exquisite destination to rejuvenate and refresh. The soothing climate, serene nature, the breath-taking hill stations and the air over there carries many medicinal properties that help a normal person to unwind.
Hundreds of travellers flock to the state to enjoy the charm of beguiling nature. The eccentric culture and heritage make the state a unique gem in the country. Some chose Kerala for tailoring their romantic days while others visit the state to make use of the adventure locations like mountains, rocks, and shallow waters. It is also seen people accompanying their family to visit the state as they consider the state a perfect study centre to learn the ancient days where the royal family ruled the common people. Not like the olden days, now many travel planners come forward with exciting tour packages to stitch Kerala to people’s favourite memorable travel destinations. Nowadays many people form a group and visit the state. It is told that availing of trips in a group will accentuate thrill and excitement. There are many places in the state that grabs the hearts of visitors. One such place in the state is Pathanamthitta.
Pathanamthitta is one of the fabulous districts situated in the southern portions of Kerala. The place is also known as the land of spirituality and mysticism. The district is an amalgamation of high land, midland, and low land. It is also known as the spiritual capital of Kerala. The district is famous for various kinds of handicraft products such as Aranmula Kannadi or Aranmula Mirror. Keeping this mirror in the house indicates welcoming good fortune. To study more about the ‘Vaastu Shastra’ strolls through the streets of ‘VaastuVidhyaGurukul’. Pathanamthitta is positioned at an elevation of 914 meters from the sea level and situated on the banks of Achankovil River. The most famous pilgrim centre Sabarimala is situated in the hearts of the district. While keeping the feet on the land of Ayyappan one could feel the spiritual power. The place is an abode of amazing species of birds and animals. Birds such as peacock, Kingfisher, woodpecker, sunbird, Great Indian hornbill and Malabar hornbill and animals such as elephants, monkeys, giant squirrel, tigers, guars, deer, bear, and lion-tailed macaques and barking deer are commonly seen over there. At Konni forest Reserve one can see huge wooden cages where elephants are trained. There are many significant destinations that can be inculcated in your itinerary. By strolling down the paragraphs one can understand the prominent places in Pathanamthitta.
As the name suggests it is the place where three rivers namely Manimala River in the northern side and Achankovil River on the western side together combine and flow with the holy river Pamba. The Pamba River is also called as ‘The Ganges of South India’ or ‘Dakshina Ganga’. Devotees always stop here and dip in the holy water. It is believed that dipping in the river indicates release from all their sins. Also, there is a belief that King Rajashekhara once got the vision of Lord Ayyappa at the banks of Pamba River and from then it is considered to be holy. Thriveni Sangamam is the most beautiful and perfect place to enjoy the untouched beauty of nature.
Kaviyoor Rock Temple
It is the only rock temple prevailing in the state. The Lord Hanuman, the Monkey Lord is the presiding deity of the temple. Hence on your Kerala holiday, you can visit many monkeys on the premises of the temple. So don’t forget to include the Kaviyoor Rock temple in your package.
Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple
The famous Kaviyoor Mahadeva temple is positioned on the hilltops of Kaviyoor. God Shiva and Goddess Parvati are the presiding deities of the temple. The temple is also known as the Thrikkaviyoor temple. A non- Hindu is exempted from entering the temple. A particular dress code has to be followed by the devotees. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and every year in the month of December and January a festival is held in the honour of Lord Hanuman.
Famously known as ‘India’s own Mecca’, more than millions of pilgrims annually visit the shrine. It is believed that Lord Parasuraman placed an idol of Lord Ayyappa on the top of the mountain. Traditions such as Sramana, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Vaishnavismare fashioned together are practised in Sabarimala. The temple was infamous until 2018 for banning females from age 12-50 from entering the temple. The temple is open on the first five days of Malayalam month.
Chengannur Mahadeva Temple
Have you ever heard an idol menstruating? It is very hard to believe but it happens on a monthly basis at the ChengannurMahadeva temple. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi are the presiding deities of the temple. There is a mythological story revolving around the temple. During the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati, all the other gods went to participate in the ceremony and therefore there was no one to take care of the earth. Hence Lord Brahma asked sage Agastya to take care of the earth. Hence he came to the southern parts and protected the planet. After the wedding when Lord Shiva and Parvathi came to visit the sage Agasthy, Lord Parvathi was menstruating and hence she had to wait for a few days to meet the sage. The place where lord and sage met is the place where Mahadeva temple was constructed. The idols are covered with a white cloth. It is the duty of the priest to check whether the cloth has any bloodstain if so, the eldest lady of the Brahmin family from where the priest hails checks and confirms that she idol is menstruating. Hence the idol of Lord Parvathi will be shifted to a Sanctorum and the temple will be closed for 4 days. On the 4th day, the idol will be taken to Holy Pamba for bathing it. And this process is called Thirupooth Aratu.
There are many places in the district that could be visited on your tour to Kerala. To make your trip more thrilling, book the packages from Gogeo Holidays. So don’t waste your time. Grab the package as soon as possible.