Sabarimala: How to reach Sabarimala?
Lord Ayyappa is then presiding deity atSabarimalaTemplein Kerala. Hindu devotees feel auspicious to visitSabarimalaTemple. Some Devotees take Deeksha before coming to Sabarimala. During Ayyappa Deeksha period devotees should follow some dietary restrictions and be on bear foot for the entire period. Devotees should not take alcohol or smoking and should avoid doing bad things and lying.
Best way to reach Sabarimala:
By Air:TrivandrumandCochinare the nearest international airports to sabarimala. All major cities in India Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai,Bangalore, Kolkatta andNew Delhiare well connected by air withCochinandTrivandrumairports. Sabarimala is about 150 to 200 kms from both these locations. Devotees can take buses or can engage taxis directly from these airports to River Pamba.PambaRiveris the entry point to sabarimala. From River Pamba it will be around 7 kms to thetemplesannidhanamof lord ayyappa temple.
By rail: Ernakulam, Kottayam, Chengannur and Punalur are the nearest railway stations to Sabarimala. Kottayam and Ernakulam are connected by rail with major cities inIndia. From these railway stations one can catch a bus to reach river pampa.
By road: There are bus services from tamilnadu and with in kerala to reach river pampa. From Kottayam it will be around 128 kms to reach river pampa via Erumeli. From Ernakulam it is around 175 to 200 kms depending on then route to reach river pampa then entry point for sabarimala temple.
From river Pampa Devotees are supposed to climb the Hill by foot. Those elderly, sick and whose health do not permit to trek the hill can approach the dolly (palanki in which men take them to the top) service and engage them.