Pathanamthitta is one of the youngest districts of Kerala and known mostly as the center of Hindu pilgrimage destinations. Formed in 1982 in an effort to hasten the development effort of the region, it includes portions of Idukki, Kollam and Alappuzha districts.
The name Pathanamthitta is comprised of two Malayalam words Pathanam and Thitta meaning a string of riverside houses. Pathanamthitta comprises of splendidly beautiful regions amidst rolling hills. Pathanamthitta has a total geographical area of 2731 sq km more than half of which is under forest cover. It is bounded by Western Ghats in the east, Alappuzha district on the west, Kottayam and Idukki on the north and Kollam on the south.
Regarded as the center of pilgrimage worships in India, Pathanamthitta is also the favored route to sacred pilgrimage destination of Sabrimala. The region boasts of a rich art & culture history with famous folks like Vasthuvidya Gurukulam and Padayani originating from here. Amidst its enchanting rural landscape, fairs & festivals, rich wildlife and scenic water bodies lies the un-spoilt charm of typical Kerala.
Pathanamthitta’s rich tropical diversity is apparent in its sprawling rubber, topiaco, paddy, pepper, and cardamom plantations. The district is witnessing gradual development as a business center. Another characteristic of the regions is its religious harmony amidst great diversity comprising of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
Pathanamthitta(Places to see)
• Thekekudi Cave Temple, Kaviyoor
Climate & Best time to Visit
Summer: March to May
Winters: December to February
Monsoon: June to August
October to February is regarded as the best time to visit
(How to Reach)
By Air: Cochin International Airport is nearest one at 140 km
By Rail: The two nearest railway station are at Chengannur (28 km) and Thiruvalla (30 km)