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.