Take rest for 5 minutes after a walk of 10 minutes during the climb.

Use the traditional path – Marakoottam, Saramkuthy, Nadapanthal – to reach Sannidhanam.

Follow the queue system to reach Pathinettampadi.

Use the Nadapanthal fly over for return journey.

Use toilets and latrines for urination and bowel clearance.

Ascertain the prevailing crowd  situation and then only proceed to Sannidhanam  from Pampa.

While using Dolly, make payment only at the Devaswom counter and keep the receipt.

Subject yourself for security check at security check points.

Approach police for any help.

Inform police about any suspicious characters.

Buy edible items from licensed outlets only.

Keep Pampa, Sannidhanam and the trekking paths clean.

Park vehicles only at the allotted parkig slots.

Deposit waste in the waste boxes only.

Avail the facilities of medical centers and oxygen parlours if needed.

Identification cards with address and contact numbers to be hung on the neck of children, aged and malikapurams.

In case of isolation from groups /friends  devotees may report at police aid posts.


Do not use mobile phones at the temple premises.

Do not smoke at Pampa, Sannidhanam and enroute.

Do not consume alcohol or dugs.

Do not jump the queue.

Do not rush while in the queue.

Do not carry weapons or other explosives substances.

Do not entertain unauthorized vendors.

Do not urinate outside toilets and clear bowels outside latrines.

Do not make extra payment for any service.

Do not hesitate to approach police for any help.

Do not throw waste anywhere other than the waste bins.

Do not break coconuts on the Pathinetampadi.

Do not break coconuts anywhere other than on designated places on both sides of Pathinettampadi.

Do not kneel at Pathinetampadi while climbing the holy steps.

Do not use any path other than Nadapanthal flyover for return journey.

Do not rest anywhere at Upper Thirumuttam or Thanthrinada.

Do not use pathways for viris at Nadapanthal and lower Thirumuttam.


Fire crackers are prohibited

Weapons are not allowed.

Cooking Gas, Stoves etc should not be used at Sannidhanam.

Fire if lighted should be put out immediately after use.

Subject yourself and your baggages for security check before climbing Pathinettampadi.

How to Reach

Pampa is the nearest place to Sabarimala that can be accessed by road. Sabarimala is about 5 kms away from Pamba. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates buses to Pampa from all major bus stations in the State.

KSRTC has started operating buses to Coimbatore, Palani and Thenkashi from Pampa for the convenience of the Sabarimala pilgrims. Besides, the Government of Tamil Nadu & Karnataka has been given the permission to operate buses to Pampa. A chain service exists between Pampa and Nilackal base camp.

The devotees coming by Train from Ernakulam side are advised to alight at Kottayam Railway Station and those from Thiruvananthapuram side at Chengannur Railway station. However for pilgrims intending to visit Erumeli, Kottayam Railway Station will be more convenient.
Nearest Railway Stations :
Kottayam (Distance to Pampa – 119 km)
Chengannur (Distance to Pampa – 93 km)
Nearest Airports
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and Cochin International Airport Ltd.
  • Route Distance
    Erumeli to Pampa 45 km
    Kottayam to Erumeli (via) Kanjirapally 55 km
    Kottayam to Erumeli (via) Manimala 54 km
    Kottayam to Pampa (via) Manimala 116km
    Kottayam to Pampa (via) Thiruvalla (Kozhencherry, Vadasserikkara ) 119 km
    Kottayam to Pampa (via) Thiruvalla 123 km
  • Route Distance
    Chengannur to Pampa 93 Km
    Ernakulam to Pampa (via) Kottayam 200 km
    Mallappy to Pampa (via) Ac Road 137 km
    Punalur to Pampa 101 km
    Pathanathitta to pampa 65 km
    Thiruvananthapuram to Pampa 180 km
    Ernakulam to Erumeli (via) Vaikkam, Pala, Ponkunnam 121km

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