Pandalam Palace

Pandalam palace is the permanent home of the royal family of Pandalam. It is situated on the banks of river Achankovil. Although most of the original buildings have vanished in floods and fires, a few still remain reminiscent of the glory of the bygone era.

There are two palace complexes at present. The first one is Valiyakoikkal and the other is Kaipuzha. Valiyakoikkal is situated on the left bank of Achankovil river and the Kaipuzha about one kilometer away from the first, on the right bank.

It is believed that the Pandalam kingdom was established around c.79 (903 AD) by the Pandalam royal family who are believed to be the descendents of Pandiya kings of Madurai.

It is located 10 km from Vedagram


The lush green land is a haven for wild elephants. Konni has an orphanage for elephants, known as Aanakkoodu. With its thick forest and wild animals, Konni is now a popular tourist spot, with trekking and safari. Konni is also known for its elephant ride and is the gateway to the forests bordering the state.

It is about 10 kilometers from Vedagram.


Situated 100 km away from Vedagram, Gavi is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi's evergreen forests are abundant with wildlife including tiger, elephant, leopard, bear, Indian gaur, sambar, mouse deer, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Malabar giant squirrel and more than 250 species of birds. It is one of the largest eco-tourism projects in India and is listed as one of the must-see places in India by Alistair International, the world famous tourism label.


  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Bird watching
  • Stay in tree huts
  • Outdoor camping in the forest
  • Safaris through jungle roads
  • Visit to the Paradise Cove at Ninnumulli
  • Boating in the Gavi and Kochupampa lakes
  • Walks through spice gardens
  • Visit to the cardamom factory
  • Climb to the Sabarimala temple view

Forest tent camping is available from November through March. It is said that the most enjoyable route to Gavi is from Pathanamthitta.


Aranmula is about 20 km from Vedagram, and is famous for its annual snakeboat race, Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror, the only one of its kind in the world) and the ancient Aranmula temple. The palace at Aranmula has the heritage of more than 200 years.

Aranmula is listed in the heritage villages list of UNESCO.


Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, with an estimated 100 million devotees visiting the Lord Ayyappa temple there every year. The temple is situated amidst 18 hills, at an altitude of 1260 m (4,133 ft) above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. The dense forest, (Periyar Tiger Reserve), around the temple is known as Poongavanam. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While functional and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilakkal, Kalaketty, and Karimala, remnants of old temples survive to this day on the remaining hills.

Sabarimala is 70 km away from Vedagram.

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