Sabarimala is located inside a forested area in Pathanamthitta district in the southern part of Kerala. There are neither nearby airports nor railway stations. The nearest airports are the international airports in Kochi (Cochin) and Thiruvananthapuram. Pilgrims reaching Kochi by air will have to travel about 160 km by road and those reaching Thiruvananthapuram by air will have to travel about 170 km by road to reach Sabarimala.
Slightly farther away are airports of Kozhikode and those in the neighbhouring State of Tamilnadu like Madurai and Coimbatore. Pilgrims arriving at Kozhikode by air will have to travel about 330 km by road; while people reaching Coimbatore and Madurai will have to travel about 315 and 250 km by road, respectively to reach Sabarimala. Pilgrims from Coimbatore can also reach Kottayam by train. The approximate distance is 250 km. After that, one has to travel about 90 km by road. Similarly, pilgrims from Kozhikode can also travel by train to reach Kottayam, which is about 260 km.