Pathanamthitta, the smallest district of Kerala, It is also known as pilgrim Capital of Kerala, the most prominent Sastha Temple of Lord Ayyappa of the Sabari Hills, attracts millions of devotees from all over India. More than 50% of the total geographic area of this district is dense forest. Pathanamthitta is also the homeland of “snake boat race” and “Padyani.” Even though snake boat races were practiced in nearby backwater districts also, the snake boat races of Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district conduct it as a religious ritual & a devotion to Lord Krishna rather than a contest. Even the design & appearance of the boats also absolutely unique compared to other places those who conduct snake boat races. “The Padayani” is a unique ritual art form in and around Pathanamthitta. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakaali. The Padayani is an amasing combination of music, dance, painting and satire. Pathanmthitta also boast festivals & conventions for all religion that adds the important of this district as a pilgrim center, for instance Maramon Convention for Christians, Cherukolpuzha convention for Hindus & the Chandanakudam Festivals of Muslims also attract numerous people to this small district. These religious festivals also represent its rich cultural & communal harmony.
which hosts another important annual event called the Maramon Convention.
Aranmula is located on the banks of the river Pamba, Aranmula snake boat race is a absolute water pageant. It is also known as Uthratathi boat race because it is held on Uthrathi, the last day of Onam festival. Now, only 26 snake boats participate in this colorful water carnival, on the first day of the celebration an imposing effigy of Sree Krishna is taken out in procession on the lake with children dressed as nymphs and princesses. On the second day, snake boats decorated with silken parasols, carrying helmsmen, oarsmen and singer assemble near the temples early in the morning and then move away in pairs, creating a magnificent pageant.The Vinjana Kalavedi is a art & cultural training centre at Arunmula organise training in the traditional arts and crafts of Kerala. Kathakali, classical dance, classical music as well as Kalaripayattu (the martial art of Kerala) are taught here. Many foreign tourist come & study every year to have firsthand experience about Kerala culture. Aranmula is also known for the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the traditional way of constructing buildings. Aranmula is also well-known for its metal mirrors made of bell metal. It is believed that a divine visitation inspired a widow of this village to discover a mysterious blend of bronze which could be waxed bright into crystal clear mirror. The mystery of its production is a family heirloom handed down through generations. This noted handiwork stands out as a symbol of excellence in traditional metallic craft in Kerala.
Perumthenaruvi water falls in the river Pamba at Perumthenaruvi attract thousands of people. This is a beautiful natural waterfall and an ideal place for hang out.
Charalkunnu is a picturesque hill station from where one can have breathtaking view of the low lying areas including that of the sinuous river Pamba. There is a comfortable camp house which has both rooms and dormitories.
Kakki reservoir, the beautiful ambience of this place is a real visual treat for tourist. The splendid artificial lake offers exciting boating experience. The surrounding forest abounds in tigers, elephants, deers and monkeys.
Konni, located only 11 kilometers from district head courters, is a wonderful agricultural region rich in cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee, ginger etc. It used to be a centre for training elephants. Konni is also known for its elephant rides and the gigantic wooden Elephant cage where elephants are tamed and trained for work in yester years.