Sabarimala Pilgrimage - Photo Courtesy AVS Narayan
Kollam is a base point to visit the important Sabarimala temple, which is extremely significant for the Lord Ayappan devotees. Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple is one of the most ancient and prominent Sastha temples in the country.
Sabarimala pilgrimage is considered one of the most difficult and rigorous of them all with devotees having to follow a 41-day penance that includes a list of things to abstain from. The shrine of Sabarimala is one of the most remote shrines in southern India yet it draws three to four million pilgrims each year. Surrounded by mountains and dense forest Sabarimala is believed to be the place where Lord Ayyappan meditated.
The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.
Nilackal Mahadevar Temple, Erumeli Sastha Temple, Pandalam Valiyakoyickal Temple, Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple, Achankoil Sastha Temple, Aryankavu Sastha Temple are some of the important temples enroute to Sabarimala.