Pathanamthitta is the smallest district of Kerala. The name Pathanamthitta is derived from two Malayalam words “Pathanam” and “thitta”, which together mean “array of ten “family” houses by the riverside”.
It is the pilgrim center of Kerala, renowned for the shrine of Lord Ayappa in the Sabari Hills, drawing millions of devotees from near and far off places. The district also is known as a center for experiencing and learning some of the cultural as well as traditional practices of Kerala. Kollam, Kottayam and Alappuzha form the adjoining districts of Pathanamthitta.
The district is frequented by visitors from India and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrines and the cultural training centre.
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