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Kerala is the land of rivers and backwaters. There are 49 rivers in which 46 flowing to the west and 3 to the east. These rivers cut across Kerala with its innumerable tributaries and branches. Pampa is the main halting point while visiting the Sabarimala. The beautiful place gets its name from the Pampa River. Tour to Pampa will be a refreshing change for the tourists. The Sabarimala Temple is located on the banks of River Pampa.
While on a Tour to Pampa tourists also love to know about the history of the place. Pampa was earlier a part of the Pandya kingdom but now all that remains are the remnants of the lost glory. The regions around Pampa were once ruled by the Travancore rulers.
It is the combination of a number of rivers originating from the lands of Peerumedu. The tributary of this river are Kakkiyar, Azhuthayar, Kakkatar and Kallar. Pampa is the third largest river in Kerala. It originates about 1650 meter height from the Sea Level. It flows through Ranni, Thiruvalla, Changanassery and Ambalapuzha Taluk. The famous Rice producing place, Kuttanad Taluk, gets water supply from Pampa River.
The Aranmula Boat Race celebrated here is very famous, and the Maraman Convention at Maraman near Kozhenchery is also took place in the bank of this river. It has a length of 177 km. The famous waterfall 'Perunthenaruvi' is in this river. Maniyar Irrigation Project is situated here. The Sabarigiri Hydro Electro Project is situated here. The two Dams, One is Pampayar and another Kakayar are constructed in the banks of Pampa River. It divides into several tributaries and finally merges into the Vembanattu Lake. Pampa is treated as a 'Saint River'.
Uthruttathi Boat Race
The Uthruttathi Boat Race on the River Pampa near the Parta Sarathy Temple at Aranmula is annual cultural feat to the tourists and the people of Kerala. Uthruttathi which comes after every Thiruvonam in August - September is the day of this prominent cultural event. The boat race commemorates the crossing of River Pampa by the Lord Partha Sarathy. All the snake boats in Kerala participate in the colorful ritual which really is a treat to the eyes. If there is a tourist in Kerala, he will never miss Uthruttathi Boat Race.
Nearest places to visit
Take a tour to Pampa and explore the nearby tourist attractions of Pampa.
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.
Pandalam: Lord Ayappa reincarnated in human form as the son of Raja Pandalam and he was the one who created this temple in his name. This is known as Pandalam and the people drop in here before visiting the Sabrimala Temple.
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 Pampa, this is one of the largest Christian gatherings in Pampa.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is at Cochin, 152 km away.
Nearest Railhead: Rail link at Tiruvalla, 30 km away.
By road: Pathanamthitta is linked by motorable roads to other towns in Kerala.
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