Pilgrimage to Sabrimala
Choose the Right Time:
The main pilgrimage season to Sabarimala is during the Mandala Pooja and Makaravilakku festival, which typically falls between November and January. However, Sabarimala is open for a few days every month throughout the year. Check the official Sabarimala website or consult local authorities for the pilgrimage schedule.
Prepare for Vratham (Austerities):
Devotees who wish to visit Sabarimala are required to observe a 41-day vratham (austerities) before their pilgrimage. During this period, devotees abstain from consuming non-vegetarian food, alcohol, tobacco, and engage in other spiritual practices. It is recommended to consult with a priest or follow the guidelines provided by the temple authorities.
Obtain the Mandala Pooja Permit:
During the peak season, devotees need to obtain a virtual queue (Q) coupon or book their darshan slot in advance. This can be done through the official website of the Sabarimala temple or by visiting authorized booking centers. Make sure to check the specific procedures and guidelines before planning your visit.
Reach Pampa Base Camp:
The base camp for Sabarimala is located at Pampa, which is accessible by road. From major cities in Kerala, you can reach Pampa by bus or private transportation. There are also designated parking areas available for vehicles.
Begin the Trek:
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala involves a trek of approximately 4.5 kilometers from Pampa to the Sabarimala temple. The route is well-marked, and facilities like restrooms, shops, and medical aid centers are available along the way. Devotees should carry essential items like water, food, and necessary medications.
Observe the Rituals:
Upon reaching the Sabarimala temple, devotees participate in various rituals and offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa. The main highlight is the "Neyyabhishekam," where ghee is poured on the deity. It is customary to wear traditional attire (typically black or blue) and carry the "Irumudikettu" (a sacred bundle containing offerings).
Respect the Traditions:
Sabarimala has certain specific customs and traditions that need to be followed. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are traditionally not allowed to enter the temple (as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021). However, it's recommended to check the current regulations and guidelines regarding age restrictions for women as they may change.
After completing the darshan and rituals at Sabarimala, devotees return to the Pampa base camp. From there, you can make arrangements for transportation back to your desired destination.
Duration :05 Nights / 06 Days
Places Covered : Delhi -Trivandrum - Sabarimala- Guruvayoor - Thrissur- Wayanad - Calicut - Delhi
DAY 01:DELHI -TRIVANDRUM (BY FLIGHT) TRIVANDRUM - SABARIMALA
In the morning, take a flight from Delhi to Trivandrum. Upon arrival, drive to Sabarimala. Start the trek to Sabarimala and have darshan (worship) at the temple. Overnight stay at Sabarimala
DAY 02:SABRIMALA - KUMARAKOM
After an early morning departure from Sabarimala, visit Vaikom Temple, Kaduthuruthy Temple, Ettumanoor Temple, and Chottanikara Temple en route to Kumarakom. Upon arrival in Kumarakom, check in at your pre-booked hotel and relax for the night.
DAY 03:KUMARAKOM - GURUVAYOOR - THRISSUR
In the morning, drive to Guruvayoor and visit the Krishna Temple. Afterward, proceed to Thrissur, where you can visit the Thrissur Temple and Athirapally Waterfalls. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thrissur.
DAY 04:THRISSUR - WAYANAD
After breakfast, drive to Wayanad and check into your hotel. Spend the day exploring the beautiful landscapes and attractions of Wayanad. Overnight stay at a hotel in Wayanad.
In the morning, visit Thirunelli Temple, Edakkal Caves, Kurava Dweep, and Tholpetti Sanctuary. Enjoy the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Wayanad. Overnight stay at a hotel in Wayanad.
DAY 06: WAYANAD - CALICUT - DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
Transfer to Calicut airport to catch a flight back to Delhi, concluding your trip.