Renowned for a temple dedicated to Lord Ayyapan i.e. the son of a fused avatar of Lord Vishnu/Lord Shiva is a town called Sabarimala. This town is located in the Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. The famous temple of Lord Ayyapan is located in this town on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 meters above sea level. This town has become an important Hindu pilgrimage site over the years. Important travel information related to this “religious” pilgrimage town is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Sabarimala:
The ideal time to visit this town is in between September and February when the climate is pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 32 degree Celsius to a minimum of 17 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Sabarimala?
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this town is located in Thiruvalla. The Thiruvalla Railway station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country especially during the pilgrimage season.
2. By road:
There are number of bus services from this town that connect to major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi etc.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this town is located in Kochi. The Kochi International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to major countries.
c. Religious significance:
According to a legend during the 12th century Manikandan a prince belonging to the Panthalam dynasty meditated in the temple located in this town. It was soon after he completed meditation that the prince died. This prince was apparently the avatar of Lord Ayyapan. This temple according to a myth was constructed by King of Panthalam on suggestion of his foster son Ayyapan himself. Additionally, a legend also states that it was Parasurama Maharishi who lifted Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe and, then installed idol of the Ayyapan in the Sabarimala temple.