IRCTC Tour Packages from Chennai to Sabarimala
Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage center located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. It is the largest annual pilgrimage in world with an estimated 45-50 million devotees visiting every year. Sabarimala is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi. Ayyappan’s temple is situated here amidst 18 hills. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m (1535 ft) above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala.
Sabarimala is linked to Hindu pilgrimage, predominantly for men of all ages. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple, since the story attributed to Ayyappa prohibits the entry of the women in the menstrual age group. This is because Ayyappan is a Bramachari (Celibate). The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January. Mandala pooja and Makaravilakku 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).
Certain customs are to be strictly observed if one has to undertake a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. A pilgrim attending the Mandalapooja should observe austerities for 41 days. During this period, the pilgrim should abstain himself from non vegetarian food and carnal pleasures. Pilgrims set out in groups under a leader, and each carry a cloth bundle called Irumudi kettu containing traditional offerings. Unlike certain Hindu temples, Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste or creed. The temple is open to males of all age groups and to women who have either passed their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.
|Package Name||Sabarimala package Ex.Chennai|
|Travelling Mode||Vehicle on sharing basis|
|Frequency||Every Thursday & Friday|
Package Tariff (Per Person):
|Standard||Rs. 2,800/-||Rs. 2,800/-|
|Tour Itinerary:- Chennai – Kottaym – Sabarimala – Chennai|
|Day 1||Board train No.12695 from Chennai Central Railway station at 15.25 hrs.|
|Day 02||Arrival at Kottyam at 04.17 Hrs. Pick-up from the station and proceed to Pamba. Drop at Nilakkal (Nilakkal to Pamba by Govt bus on own expenses). Reach Pamba at 16:00 Hrs. Proceed to Sabarimala. Night Saty (Own arrangements).|
|Day 03||Morning Abhishekham at 03:00 Hrs. Depart to Pamba at 07:00 Hrs. (Pamba to Nilakkal by Govt Bus on own expenses). Departure from Nilakkal at 11:00 Hrs. Enroute visit nearby temples if time permits. Arrival at Kottayam Railway station at 18:30 Hrs.Board Tain No 12696 from Kottyam at 20.30 hrs.|
|Day 04||Arrival Chennai at 10.00 hrs.|
- Return journey in Sleeper.
- Road Transportation by A/C vehicle on sharing basis. Category of vehicle will de decided as per the group size.
- Travel Insurance.
- Any portage at hotels, tips, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry and all items of personal nature.
- Any Still / Video Camera fees, entrance fees for monuments and any activities suggested in the itinerary are chargeable direct.
- Any / en route meals, sightseeing and activities other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any service not specified in inclusions.
IRCTC has right to alter /cancel the tour under unavoidable circumstances and is not liable for any type of natural calamities/ strikes/ cancellations/ closure of temple/delay of train/insurgency of any such nature which is beyond control during the tour period.
Frequency/Tour Dates:– Thursday & Friday
- Above rates are subject to availability.
- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
Online tickets Tickets will be generated and issued 4 days prior to the departure. Berth preferences/changes shall not be entertained as the tickets generation is through centralized PRS. Tourists are requested to travel as per the berths allotment.
Term and Conditions
For cancellation of your ticket, please log in to your account, select the Tour Confirmation Number of the ticket you wish to cancel and cancel your ticket from your booked history on line. Cancellation of your Ticket is possible only on the website www.irctctourism.com, and is not possible on PRS Counters If the user wishes to cancel his ticket, cancellation rules for Land (Holiday) and Rail Tour Packages as under:
|No. of days before commencement of Trip*||Total Deductions|
|Up to 15 days (excluding departure date)||Rs. 100 /- per passenger|
|Up to 8-14 days (excluding departure date)||25 % of the package cost|
|Up to 4-7 days (excluding departure date)||50 % of the package cost|
|Less than 4 days||100 % of the package cost|
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