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Holiday in Pathanamthitta

Postby lorri » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:26 am

Aranmula This small village is world-famous for its metal mirrors with no refraction, the Aranmula Kannadi kannadi means mirror in Malayalam). The technology for this is not used anywhere else in the world. Moreover, this time of the year is a particularly good time to visit Aranmula because of its spectacular snake-boat races starting from mid-September.

Niranam Situated 7 km from Thiruvalla, this famous church is believed to be among one of the seven-and-a-half churches originally established by St. Thomas (52 AD) in Kerala. This church displays a marked influence of ancient temple architecture and is a renowned centre of worship for the Christian community.Niranam is also famous as the birthplace of a band of 14th century poets known as the Niranam Kavikal or Kannassa Panikkars

Sabarimala (72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi): One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of? 914m above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa.Sabrimala is one of the most famous Pathanamthitta tourist spots for Hindus.

Perunthenaruvi (36 km from Pathanamthitta via Vachoochira)The Perunthenaruvi waterfalls on the banks of the Pamba river is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Cherukolpuzha An important religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukole on the river bed of the Pamba, usually in February every year.

Manjanikara Church Mar Ignatius Elias III, the holy patriot of Anthiod while on a visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His mortal remains are preserved at this church. Later this place developed into a pilgrim centre. The annual festival ( ormaperunnal) is held in February.

Maramon Situated near Kozhencherry, Maramon is the venue of a mammoth religious convention of Christians from all over the world. It is attended by people from all communities. The convention which is usually held in February is addressed by religious thinkers and Christian scholars from across the world. This is perhaps the largest Christian convention in Asia.

Kadamanitta (8 km from Pathanamthitta)The Kadamanitta Devi Temple is famous for the ten day long Padayani performances held in connection with the annual festival in April/May.

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