How to reach Sabarimala by road?
Perhaps, the maximum number of people reaching the hill shrine of Sabarimala could be by means of road.
Pilgrims from other states and those from northern parts of the State of Tamilnadu, after reaching Thrissur in Kerala, may then take the Moovattupuzha-Kottayam road to reach Sabarimala. It is about 210 km from Thrissur to Sabarimala. Pilgrims coming from the central regions of the State of Tamilnadu can come via Madurai or else through Kumali to reach Sabarimala. From Madurai, it is about 250 km by road to reach Sabarimala.
As per belief, Lord Ayyappa is considered as the adopted son of the King of Pandalam. This place is located on the Thiruvananthapuram-Chenganur route and is between Adoor and Chenganur. The palace of Pandalam royal family is located here and close by it is a very old temple.
Pilgrims coming by road from Kochi in Ernakulam can proceed via Vaikom-Ettumanoor route to reach Kottayam and from there through Kanjirappally-Erumelli route to reach Sabarimala. The total distance is about 165 km.
Usually pilgrims reaching Sabarimala by road, visit other important temples in Kerala. Those reaching Thrissur would visit the Guruvayoor temple and also temples in Kodungallur, Thriprayar, Chottanikkara, Vaikkom, Ettumanur, Kottayam and Thirunakkara.
Pilgrims proceeding from Thiruvananthapuram to Sabarimala usually visit the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Kottarakkara Ganapathi temple, Valiyakoikal temple at Pandalam, Mahadeva temple at Chenganur and the Aranmula Parthasarathy temple. The distance by road from Thiruvananthapuram to Sabarimala is about 170 km.