The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is a singular example of one where pilgrims, without consideration of caste, creed, position or social status, go with one mind and one `mantra'. Vehicles can go up to Pampa – the holy river. Thereafter, pilgrims have to follow a path approximately four kms up a steep hill. There is a place near the temple (east of Sannidhanam), dedicated to the Vavar, a Musilim
who was the associate of Ayyappan, called "Vavarunada".
The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja( November 15
to December 26) Makaravilakku (January 15) and Vishu
(April 14), and the beginning of every month in the
Malayalam Calender. However, women - unless they are younger than six or older than sixty - are not allowed to come to Sabarimala. It is said that during the pilgrimage periods no tigers are found along the forest trails leading to Sabarimala. Sabarimala is the most famous piligrimage centre in Kerala.