Sabarimala Sree Dharmasastha Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most renowned and prominent among all other temples in Kerala. This temple is situated on the top of the hill about 3000 feet above the level of the sea named Sabarimala which is unique in its own way. The temple remains open for the people of all religions.
There’s a place situated near the temple, Sannidhanam on the east dedicated to Vavar (a close friend of Lord Ayyappa) which is known as Vavaru Nada, the epitome of religious harmony. Another aspect of the temple is that it doesn’t remain open throughout the year. One can worship only on the days of Makaravilakku, Mandalapooja and Vishu.
It has been believed and said that the pilgrims have to observe the celibacy for about 41 days before going to the temple. Pilgrims take traditional routes of forests and also the one from Pamba which is less challenging to reach the temple.