SETC (State Express Transport Corporation) is operating Special Bus Services from Chennai to Pamba and Pamba to Chennai for this sabarimala season. As an introduction the 3 bus services are introduced with route no. 777 UD IS from Chennai to Pamba on 15-November-17.
The first bus service starts at 2pm followed by 2:30 pm and last bus service at 4:30 pm. The bus service is a blessing for the pilgrims traveling to Sabarimala this festive season.
The bus operated for schedule will be a Non AC variant Air Suspension Bus with pushback seats built in Ashley Chassis. The bus services are special so it will be operated only during the pilgrimage time.
The 2pm bus service have boarding points at Chennai CMBT, Perungalathur and Viluppuram, the services at 2.30 pm and 4:30 pm will be having boarding Chennai CMBT and Perungalathur.
The total distance covered by the bus during the journey will be 717 kilometers in 16 hours. The fare for the service is Rs.785 excluding the reservation charges per seat.
The Pamba River (also called Pampa river) is the third longest river in the South Indian state of Kerala after Periyar and Bharathappuzha and the longest river in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is located on the banks of the river Pamba. in old Hindu Epics, Pampa was Lord Brahma’s daughter, who was later married to Lord Shiva.
Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District, Perunad grama panchayat in Kerala. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world with an estimated 45-50 million devotees visiting every year.Ayyappan’s temple is situated amidst 18 hills. The temple is situated on a hilltop 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 remaining hills.