Pathanamthitta district is located in Kerala, the southernmost state of India. The town of Pathanamthitta is the district headquarters. Part of the district is on the Western Ghats and it stretches to the low lying rice fields near the Alapuzzha district. Pathanamthitta is filled with natural phenomenon of majestic hills and valleys, dense forests with exotic wildlife and popular religious places. Pathanamthitta town is known for its grand fairs and festivals and is considered to be the ‘headquarters of pilgrimage tourism’ of the state. Gavi is an eco-tourism project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation which offers its visitors activities by trekking, outdoor camping, day and night safaris in the Periyar Tiger Reserve and wildlife watching.
Sabarimala, one of the most important holy pilgrimages of the Hindus in the country lies in this district. It is the ‘Sacred Abode of Lord Ayappa’ and the route to the temple is full of scenic beauties and mythological significance. Aranmula is a little temple town which is famous for its unique metal mirrors made of bell meta, locally known as ‘Aranmula Kannadi’. The hill town of Konni is known for timber trade and elephant training centre. Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls and Adavi eco - tourism project are all major tourist attractions. There are numerous other religious and visiting places for the travellers in this district.