To commute within Sabarimala, you have several options available:
- Trekking: Sabarimala is primarily accessible by trekking through forested paths and hills. The most popular and traditional route is the 41.1-kilometer-long Pathanamthitta-Pamba trekking trail. Pilgrims usually start their journey from the base camp at Pamba and trek uphill to reach the Sabarimala temple.
- Pamba to Sabarimala Shuttle Service: To ease the trekking experience, a shuttle service operates between Pamba and Sabarimala during the pilgrimage season. These shuttle buses are available for pilgrims who prefer not to trek the entire distance. They take you from the Pamba base camp to the Sannidhanam (the main temple area) and vice versa.
- Helicopter Service: Helicopter services are available from the base camp at Nilackal to Pampa, which significantly reduces the travel time. This service is convenient for those who want to avoid the strenuous trek and reach Sabarimala quickly. However, please note that helicopter services are subject to availability and may require prior booking.
- Private Vehicles and Taxis: Private vehicles and taxis are generally not allowed beyond Pamba, which is the base camp. However, private vehicles can be parked at designated parking lots in Pamba, and from there, you can continue your journey on foot or use the shuttle service.
It’s important to note that during the pilgrimage season, special arrangements and restrictions are in place for transportation to Sabarimala. It is advisable to check with the authorities or the temple administration for the most up-to-date information regarding transportation options and any specific guidelines or regulations in effect during your visit.