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Pandalam is one among the fastest growing town in Pathanamthitta. Pandalam is a holy town, second only to Sabarimala. It is believed that Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam.
Before proceeding to Sabarimala, pilgrims usually stop to worship the deity of Valiyakoikkal Temple near the Pandalam Palace. This temple is on the banks of river Achenkovil. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.
Other famous temples are the Mahadevar Temple, Kurampala Puthankavil Bhagavathi Temple, Thonnallur Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathi Temple and Kaipuzha Sree Krishna Swami Temple. poozhikkad sree dharma sastha temple (one of the very rare temples of 'Sashthav', after Sabarimala) the centuries old Kadakkad Juma Masjid, Thumpamon Orthodox Cathedral and Kurampala St. Thomas Church give this pilgrim town, the glare and glory of a secular township.
This holy town is also a well known educational and health care centre in Kerala. Pandalam has a lot of educational institutions ranging from reputed schools to Post Graduate, Training, Ayurveda, Medical and Engineering Colleges.
It is believed that the Pandya kings of Tamil Nadu fled to Pandalam after losing a battle and settled here in the land they bought from Kaipuzha Thampan, a landlord. The princely state of Pandalam had extended up to Thodupuzha in Idukki district once. Pandalam had witnessed a rare piece of history when it was first converted to a municipality and later back to a gramapanchayat
Major attractions of Pandalam include its temples, churches and mosques, for which the place is famous.
Pandalam Valiyakoickal Palace
Valiyakoikkal Sree Dharmasastha Temple
Pandalam Mahadeva Temple
Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathi Temple
Kadakkad Juma Masjid
St Thomas Orthodox Church
Orthodox cathedral, Thumpamon
Puthankavil Bhagavathi Temple
Poozhickadu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple
Sree Krishna Swami Temple, Kaipuzha
Bhagavathi Temple, Kulanada
Kozhuvalloor Devi Temple - Kozhuvalloor (Famous for Kumbha Karthika Festival)
Padanilam Mahadevar Temple(Famous for Padanilam Sivarathri)
Edappon Plakkodu Shri MahaVaishnava Durga Temple.
Nearest places to visit
Take a tour to Pandalam and explore the nearby tourist attractions of Pandalam.
Sabrimala Temple: This shrine of Lord Ayappa located in Pampa is considered to be one of the important pilgrimage centers of India. This shrine is considered to be holy amongst the devotees who overcome this hilly terrain to reach Sabrimala.
Pampa: The sacred river in which Aranmula Boat Race conducts.
Peruthenaruvi Waterfalls: Cascading from a height of 60- 110 feet these waterfalls are a must watch for the tourists.
Maramon Convention: Attended by Christians from all over the world, the Maramon Convention is attended by Christians from all over the world. On the banks of River Pamba, this is one of the largest Christian gatherings in Pampa.
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