One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India is the Sabarimala Temple. It is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Sree Ayyappa.
People of all castes and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry is not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years of age.
Pilgrim season is from November to mid-January. Mandala pooja and Makara vilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The Temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).