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The oldest and the traditional form of journey for the Sabarimala pilgrimage are via road. First to reach Erumely and trekking the forest road to reach the shrine. But the forest road is not easy and pilgrims who are not well should choose Pamba route.A chain service exists between Pampa and Nilackal base camp.

Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here, pilgrims begin the climb to reach the temple, situated about six kilometers from Pamba. They usually proceed in groups under a leader, who is known as Guru Swamy, who is usually the most senior member, a criterion based on the number of pilgrimages undertaken to Sabarimala.


Dos

  1. Take rest for 5 minutes after a walk of 10 minutes during the climb.Use the traditional path – Marakoottam, Saramkuthy, Nadapanthal – to reach Sannidhanam.
  2. Follow the queue system to reach Pathinettampadi.
  3. Use the Nadapanthal fly over for return journey.
  4. Ascertain the prevailing crowd situation and then only proceed to Sannidhanam from Pampa.
  5. While using Dolly, make payment only at the Devaswom counter and keep the receipt.
  6. Subject yourself for security check at security check points.
  7. Approach police for any help.
  8. Inform police about any suspicious characters.
  9. Buy edible items from licensed outlets only.
  10. Keep Pampa, Sannidhanam and the trekking paths clean.
  11. Park vehicles only at the allotted parkig slots.
  12. Deposit waste in the waste boxes only.
  13. Avail the facilities of medical centers and oxygen parlours if needed.
  14. In case of isolation from groups /friends devotees may report at police aid posts.
  15. Cleanliness- Throw waste only in collection bins. Keep the temple premises and trekking paths clean;
  16. Fire –Keep matchbox & other inflammable materials away from children.
  17. Fire-if lighted should be put out immediately after use;
  18. Remove plugs from sockets after use
  19. Place ‘viri’ only in the designated parking areas
  20. Follow queue system- Do not jump queue segment- do not rush in queue\Approach police for help
  21. Security check- cooperate with staff
  22. Use only toilets for urination/bowel clearance
  23. ID cards with name/address/telephone number to be hung on the necks of children/aged and Malikappurams-report to police when lost in the crowd
  24. Return journey-FROM MALLIKAPPURAM TEMPLE,
  25. USE ‘SARANA SETHU’, THE NEW EXIT WAY LEADING TO CHANDRANANDAN ROAD

Dont’s

  1. Do not use mobile phones at the temple premises.
  2. Do not consume alcohol or drugs.
  3. Do not jump the queue.
  4. Do not rush while in the queue.
  5. Do not carry weapons or other explosives substances.
  6. Do not entertain unauthorized vendors.
  7. Do not urinate outside toilets and clear bowels outside latrines.
  8. Do not make extra payment for any service.
  9. Do not hesitate to approach police for any help.
  10. Do not throw waste anywhere other than the waste bins.
  11. Do not break coconuts on the Pathinetampadi.
  12. Do not break coconuts anywhere other than on designated places on both sides of Pathinettampadi.
  13. Do not kneel at Pathinetampadi while climbing the holy steps.
  14. Do not use any path other than Nadapanthal flyover for return journey.
  15. Do not rest anywhere at Upper Thirumuttam or Thanthrinada.
  16. Do not use pathways for viris at Nadapanthal and lower Thirumuttam.
  17. DO NOT BRING PLASTIC CARRY BAGS BEYOND NILAKKAL
  18. Fire – do not cause forest fire – do not throw burned wood/camphor/incandescent sticks etc. carelessly
  19. Fire – do not carry inflammable liquids, fire crackers.Cooking gas, stoves etc. are not be used in Sannidhanam area
  20. Fire – electrical appliances are potential source of fire – do not overload by putting multiple connections
  21. Fire – burnt matches – do not throw carelessly
  22. Fire – do not cook food inside ‘viri’ sheds
  23. Fire – do not light camphor in temporary sheds
  24. Do not carry knives and other sharp weapons
  25. Do not operate electrical equipments with wet hands
  26. Trekking – do not climb hurriedly
  27. Do not smoke in Pampa, Sannidhanam and along the trekking routes
  28. Makara Jyothi Darshan – do not climb trees and on unsafe buildings
  29. Begging – prohibited – do not encourage
  30. Do not rest anywhere at Upper Thirumuttom.
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