Sabarimala temple | Photo: ANI
Sabarimala Devaswom authorities and officials deployed there are busy arranging facilities for the devotees to complete pilgrimage without any difficulties. Private vehicles upto 15 seats will be allowed to proceed to Pamba. After deboarding the pilgrims at ‘Triveni’, the vehicles have to return and park at Nilakkal. The drivers can return to Pamba by bus. No vehicles will be permitted to park at Pamba.
The vehicles with more than 15 passengers will not be allowed to drive to Pamba. Such vehicles are directed to park at Nilakkal so that all the passengers can board KSRTC bus to Pamba from Nilakkal.
As many as 200 buses are deployed from Nilakkal to Pamba this year with a charge of Rs 80 for AC bus and Rs 50 for non-AC bus.
KSRTC buses will begin trips every minute. At least 300 buses will operate long distance services from Pamba. Continuous special services have been launched to Pathanamthitta, Erumeli, Chengannur, Kottayam, Kottarakkara and Kumali.
Vehicles which are not allowed
Autorickshaw, goods carrier and trucks will not be allowed to park at Nilakkal. Officials of Motor Vehicle Department will stop these vehicles here.
Erumeli- Karimala route
The pilgrims can walk by foot to Sabarimala via Peroorthode- Irumboonnikkara- Koyikkakavu route from Erumeli. The forest path begins at Koyikakkavu. The devotees have to cover 7 kilometres from Koyikakkavu to Azhutha Kadavu. This jungle route proceeds through Kallidam Kunnu, Injipara Kotta, Mukkuzhi, Vallithode, Vellaramchitta, Puthussery, Karimala, Cheriyanavattom and Valiyanavattom to reach Pamba. The path is 18.25 kilometres long from Azhutha Kadavu to Pamba.
Sathram- Pullumedu route
The devotees are allowed to pass through this 12 kilometre long route from 7 am to 2 pm. Return through the same route is restricted between 9 am and 1 pm. Drinking water facilities are set up at Sathram, Seethakulam, zero point, Pullumedu and Kazhuthakuzhi. Meals for the pilgrims and a camp of health department are also arranged in Pullumedu.