The Kerala Pilgrimage Destinations are the best example for religious harmony and secular co-existence. There are many places in Kerala that has religious importance and people have faith belonging to sundry religion be it Hindu, Christians, Muslims or any other. The pilgrims destinations located in Kerala are so famous that people come from different parts of India to visit them. You can have divine pleasure, enigmatic cleansing method, calm mind, ready to fight for life and pleasant feeling after visiting these pilgrimage places.
Sabrimala has Lord Ayyappa’s temple at a distance of 80 kms from the Pathanamthitta districts head quarters is the National Pilgrim Centre. This shrine of Lord Ayyappa is enclosed by numerous hills like Neelimala and Karimala. Sabrimala is visited by devotees after 41 days of Vritha. Vritha is penance for self imposed devotion. They offer irumudikettu on their head, escalate through the mountains, travel the mountain bare footed as part of devotion, repeating various times the name of ‘Saranam Ayyappa’ which means we dedicate our life to Ayyappa. This is among those temple Kerala which allows everybody in the temple irrespective of any religion.
Malayattoor Church is a Christian pilgrimage centre located at a distance of about 52 km from Kochi near the Periyar River on the hilltop. The only way to reach this place for pilgrims is by walking. St.Thomas, the Apostles of Christ has blessed this church which was established in AD 900.
Agastyakudam is located near Thiruvananthapuram well known as a prominent peak that lies in the Western Ghats, is again the most important pilgrim centre for Hindus. This place is popular for abundant Ayurvedic herbs.
Varkala is a famous Hindu pilgrim centre located at 48 kms north from Thiruvananthapuram. It is popular for its mineral springs.
Sivagiri and Aruvippuram :
Aruvippuram from Thiruvananthapuram district is popular with the blessing of Sree Narayana Guru of the 'Siva Idol'. Sivagiri is a most important pilgrim centre which creates a center of attention for the local tourists as well as abroad travelers.
A sole pilgrim centre located in the Kollam district is well known for its Philosophy of Advaita. There is no temple or statue for the presiding divine ‘the Parabrahma’. The religious performance ‘Ochirakali’, which is generally held in the month of June, congregate a large crowd.
Maramon Convention :
The reservoir of River Pumba swarm a popular religious gathering for Christians for around 7 days in the month of February every year. This gathering is meant for all the speakers even for the people coming from different communities.
Cherukolpuzha Convention :
A popular religious convention apprehended on the reservoir of River Pumba. Huge crowd gather here and well-known religious scholars along with cultural personalities.