Pathanamthitta is very famous for its long stretches of forests, rivers and the rural areas. The Perumthenaruvi waterfalls are surrounded by forests and wild animals. An important place in Pathanamthitta is Aranmula which is famous for its metal mirror and annual boat race. Pathanamathitta also has got some historical significance and there are castles at Pandalam, a monument of Velu Thampi Dalawa etc. There is also a palace at Aranmula called as Aranmula kottaram. Some of the main tourist attractions in Pathanamthitta district are given below
Perumthenaruvi waterfall lies in Erumely near Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district. It has a height of around 100 ft and flows through hilly terrain. The word meaning of Perumthenaruvi is ‘Honey River’ and it flows through the Vechuchira-Naranammoozhi villages. It is believed that this river got its name due to the presence of numerous beehives near the origin of the river.Aranmula is a very important tourist destination and is very famous for the Aranmula metal mirror and the snake boat race. Arnamula metal mirror or the Aranmula kannadi is a special type of mirror made of alloys of metals. This is manufactured only from this place and the method of production is considered as an inherited gift and is kept as secret. These mirrors are very costly and are in great demand. Tourists who come here make it a point to own one such mirror. Aranmula is also famous for the boat race popularly called as the Aranmula vallomkali. It is held annually as part of Onam celebrations in Aranmula river. Thousands gather here to take a look and enjoy the boat race.
This is an ox race carnival festival which is held during the harvest season in the village Anandapalli. It is conducted in newly ploughed field and the villages surround the field to cheer the contestants.
It is a beautiful hill station that attracts the tourists. It is a beautiful hill station that attracts the tourists. The areas lying close to this hill is the Pamba. The view of the Pamba river and other low lying areas is very beautiful.
It is a major dam site in Pathanamthitta. The main festival conducted here is the Chandanakudam festival. This town is considered to be a land of religious and cultural harmony.
Kumbhavuruthy is a waterfall located inside the forests of Konni. It lies at a distance of 11kms from Pathanamthitta town. Trekking is possible in this area and it takes 2 days to reach here. The greenery here is very attractive.
Kakki reservoir is a tourist’s delight. There is an artificial lake here which is surrounded by forests. There are wild animals found in this forest. Boating is possible in this lake and it is a great experience for the tourists.
Muloor Smarakam which is located at Elavumthitta is at a distance of 12 Kms from Pathanamthitta. It is a memorial to Muloor S.Padmanabha Panicker who was a very famous poet and a social reformer. Muloor’s home is preserved as a monument by the Department of Culture of the State Government.
Pamba River which is popularly called as Dakshina Ganga is the third longest river in Kerala. It has a length of 176 kms. This river spreads in Pathanamthitta district and the Kuttanad in Allapuzha district. The Pamba River originates in Pulachimalai of the Western Ghats. The banks of River Pamba is the main halting point on the way to the pilgrim center, Sabarimala.
Konni is an agricultural region and many crops are grown here. It is a main center for training elephants and is famous for the elephant rides. Konni is considered to be the gateway to the forest that borders the district. Earlier the elephants that were caught from the forests were brought here and kept in cages called as Anakoodu. From here they are tamed and trained to do work.