The Lord Ayyappa Temple of Sabarimala is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m, in a forest in Pathanamthitta, considered to be as the holiest temple of Hindus and sees around more than 50 million devotees every year.
The huge devotees, coming every year especially in the pilgrim season mandala kalam, which falls between 14th November to 27th December approx. is considered to be as the peak time, when devotees come in. Moreover with such a large number attraction in Sabarimala, has also led the increase in tourism in nearby places to Sabarimala. There are numerous places within 100 km to Sabarimala, which one cannot miss to explore, some of them are even famous tourist destinations.
Therefore blessed with an abundance of beauty and flora and fauna places like Munnar, Varkala, Kollam, and Eravikulam National Park are worth a visit. So plan your trip keeping in mind all the destinations.
Eravikulam National park is situated at a distance of 91km from Sabarimala, enriched with plenty of flora and fauna this national park is considered to be as the magnum opus of Kerala.
Eravikulam park becomes, also a popular destination, thanks to a miraculous phenomenon caused by the flowering of Neelakurinji, which blooms only once in 12 years.
One can witness, new flower species and endangered animals here also can go on a number of safaris for convenient and safe tourism around the park. The Kurinji Trail, which follows through misty tracks of protected animals and flowery grasslands, is a must for trekking lovers.
Alappuzha situated 80 km away from Sabarimala, is the seventh largest city in Kerala famous for its houseboats and backwaters. One can indulge here in ious water-sports, as Alappuzha is bedecked with lagoons, beach, and canals, which gives enough water to sports enthusiasts. Nature lovers can delve into the natural beauty of this area and can absorb the greenery all around.
Munnar, Kerala’s famous hill station is situated at a distance of 73 km from Sabarimala, flocked with tourists throughout the year, is a paradise for tea lovers, with tea gardens all around, you will find the aromas in the air itself. Amazing weather, where temperatures range from zero degrees to twenty-eight degrees Celsius, Munnar’s terrains are scattered with waterfalls, and the most mesmerising of them the Atukkad Waterfalls is a must visit place in Munnar.
Varkala, Kerala’s best-kept secret is just 89 km away from Sabarimala, once you visit here, there are chances that you might refuse to go to Goa next time. The beautiful city with lots of beaches and plenty of sites to enjoy nature and mesmerise the beauty of sunrise and sunset is all you can do here. If you wish to be in your own cocoon then visiting Varkala should be your first choice.
Home to ious temples, shrines and a breathtaking beach, Varkala highlight is the long laterite Cliff overlooking the beach, the only one in Kerala.
The trading port Kollam is standing strong since immemorial, situated at a distance of about 83 km from Sabarimala. It’s in Kollam only you get some of the best views, from the lighthouse. The colonial influence in the city can be seen in the ruins and relics that defines Kollam truly. The 13-arch bridge, Thangassery church, Thirumullaam beach and backwater of Ashtamudi Lake is what makes Kollam complete. So this time your trip to Sabarimala can be extended a further and one can explore these nearby places.