Pathanamthitta


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Three great rivers, the Pamba, the Achankovil and the Manimala, flowing through Pathanamthitta, lend the district, fertile soil, green canopies and a grandeur that must be seen to be believed. This land is also known for its elephants that  roam free in the wilderness of the forests. The famous Aranmula Kannadi (Mirror) made of polished metal, is also an invention of this land.

Extensive rubber plantations, stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes make Pathanamthitta a real treat for the eye. Paddy, tapioca, a wide variety of vegetables, spices like cardamom, pepper etc. are extensively cultivated here.

Pathanamthitta is a combination of two words Pathanam and Thitta which mean an array of houses on the river side. This district was formed on 1st November 1982. Of the total area of 2642 sq. km. of this district, 1390.73 sq.km., come under forests.


Fact File
Area 2731 sq kms
Population 12,31,577
Best time to visit April to August
Temperature  20 – 39 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0468 


Attractions

Perumthenaruvi

The waterfall formed by the Pamba River as it plunges into a rocky ravine about 100 ft below, Perumthenaruvi is a popular picnic spot. The picturesque location and the perfect setting for camping make it a well-liked destination.

Sabarimala

The temple dedicated to Lord Ayyapa is situated high on the Western Ghats and can be reached only by foot. The temple is thronged by thousands of pilgrims everyday, especially during the time when the Makarajyothi (a divine light that appears above the shrine) is seen. People of any religion can visit...

Mannadi

Mannadi has a memorial dedicated to Diwan Velu Thampi Dalawa of the erstwhile state of Travancore, who rebelled against the British. An ancient Bhagavathi Temple with exquisite sculptures is also nearby. The Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts are also close by.

Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre

Established in 1977 by a French woman, Louba Schild, under the Indo-French cultural programme, this institute is dedicated to preserving the arts of Kerala. Everything from singing to dancing to cooking to community living is taught here.

Manjinikkara

Mar Ignatitus Elias 111, the holy Patriarch of Anthioch, while on his visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His mortal remains are kept in the church at Manjinikkara. Pilgrims from other parts of India and foreigners, visit this place frequently. The Church celebrates a festival in February every...

Maramon

Maramon is famous for the Christian Convention held here, on the vast sandy beds of the River Pamba. Though a religious convention of of Christians it is attended by people belonging to all communities. The seven day convention takes place in February. Addressed by speakers of international repute and...

Muloor Smarakom

Muloor S.Padmanabha Panicker (1869-1931) who was a poet and an important social reformer of the century was born at Elavumthitta 12 kms away from Pathanamthitta. His home at Elavumthitta is preserved as a monument by the Department of Culture of the State Government.

Nilackala

Nilackala is five kms away from Plappally on the Pamba-Pathanamthitta Road. An old temple dedicated to Lord Siva is situated here. An Ecumenical centre of all denominations of Christianity is also here.

Niranam

Situated about six kms away from the headquarters of the Thiruvalla Revenue Division, Niranam is famous for the Orthodox Syrian Church here, which is believed to be one of the seven churches founded by St.Thomas.

Omallore

Omallore is known for its 'Rakthakantha Swamy Temple' and Vayalvanibham, the annual cattle fair which is held in the Malayalam month of Meenam. People from other districts and even other states attend this fair. Omallore is five kms south of the Patthanamthitta District headquarters.
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