Pilgrims To Reach Pamba, considered as the Dakshina Ganga (Southern Ganges) and take a dip in the Pamba river before and after trekking the holy sabarimala.
The Nearest International Airports are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi (Nedumbassery), Coimbatore, Madurai and Kozhikode. From there the pilgrims can reach Pamba by bus/car.
Nearest Kottayam, Chengannur, Changanasseri & Thiruvalla (Broad Gauage) and Punalur (Metre Gauage) are nearest railway stations. From there the pilgrims can reach Pamba by bus/car.
KSRTC operates buses to Coimbatore, Palani and Thenkashi from Pamba for the convenience of pilgrims Other than the State services. Government of Tamil Nadu & Karnataka has also given permission to operate buses to Pamba. KSRTC chain service available between Pamba and Nilackal base camp.
The oldest and the traditional form of itinerary for the Sabarimala pilgrimage is to reach Erumely before proceeding to Pamba through the Mannarakulanji-Chalakkayam Road and trekking the forest road to reach the shrine. Pilgrims make sure they are fit enough to follow this route or better avoid this route. There are other routes too.
Two wheeler journey is a remarkable experience via road ,but make sure that your vehicle does not give you enough trouble.It may be difficult to find a good mechanic or a spare part shop enroute.
Make sure that your vehicle does not give you enough trouble.It may be difficult to find a good mechanic or a spare part shop enroute.
There are options to hire a private vehicle from all the railway stations.You can ask them to wait at Pamba till your return from Sannidhanam. Even you can approach for three wheelers.
If you are lucky enough you may be able to park your vehicles anywhere close to Pamba depot .Vehicles are stopped a couple of kilometers before Pamba from where you will have to start the trekking. You can have a better option to park your vehicle at Nilaykkal Base Camp and Opt for KSRTC chain service to pamba.
Private or personal vehicles Make sure to fill your fuel tank full before you proceed and required tool kits and sufficient spares and more over additional tyre and tube .
KSRTC Advance seat reservation facility is also available including group reservation prior to 10 days. The KSRTC will provide bus to Pamba from any place within 10 kms from special service centre for a group of 40 pilgrims. The timing of bus from KSRTC is not specifically scheduled since bus will always available during season, will be available throughout the day ie, one bus will always be there at the bus stations and will starts the trip just after filling the seating capacity. Contact: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation Transport Bhavan, East Fort, Trivandrum, Kerala. Phone: +91 471- 2471011
The Travancore Devaswom Board introduced pre-paid "Dolly" services between Pampa and Sannidhanam, palanquin-type carriage in which the elderly and the physically-challenged devotees are carried by four men on their shoulders between Pampa and Sabarimala is called a "Dolly" in these parts.