There is more than one way to reach Sabarimala
Sabarimala is a hill shrine, located inside a forest in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. Vehicles going to Sabarimala are allowed only up to Pamba, which is about 5 km from the temple. From here, one has to proceed by foot to reach the temple. One can reach Sabarimala from places like Kottayam, Changanassery, Thiruvalla and Adoor in Kerala.
It would be convenient for people coming from south Kerala to proceed via Adoor and those coming from north Kerala to proceed via Kottayam to reach Sabarimala.
Sabarimala temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, remains open during the major pilgrim periods of mandala; during the months of November and December and makaravilakku in January. The temple also opens every month for a few days. There are strict traditional practices, preparations and dress code meant for those intending to visit Sabarimala. Pilgrims have to wear a string of beads around the neck and should abstain from consuming meat and intoxicants. Women in the age group of 10 to 60 are not allowed to visit Sabarimala.