Pampa to Sannidhanam trek is a must do in Ayyappa pilgrimage. There is no Ghat route from Pampa to the Ayyappan temple. It includes 4 important stops viz, Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabaripeedom and Saram kuthy. It is about 8K.M long.
Pampa Annadanam: It is the feast offered by one pilgrim group to other group after reaching Pampa.
Pampa vilakku: On the Sunset all the surroundings of Pampa and cottages near by are decorated with lights to offer welcome to Ayyappa. It looks very beautiful.
Pilgrims will visit Kanni moola Ganapati at Pampa and start the trek. The first stop is at Pandala Raja temple to get Vibhuti as Prasadam which is believed as a permission from the king to go to Sabarimala. Then comes Neelimala which is a very steep hill. After crossing Neelimala, we'll reach Appachimedu which is the top of the hill. Climbing Appachimedu is the most difficult part of the trek. Sabari peedom / Sabari peetam is the place where Sabari did Tapasya. After this comes Saram kuthy al. Kanni swamis will pierce a small arrow (made up of bamboo) here. It is believed that Ayyappa told Malikapurattamman that he will marry her when no arrow is pierced there (i.e, when no new pilgrim comes to Sabarimala). Finally we'll reach the Sannidhanam (Presence of Ayyappa).
Ater reaching Sannidhanam, pilgrims will took holy bath in a small pond called Bhasmakulam. It is the place where Sabari got solvation. The final Holy 18 steps (Pathinettam padi) are ment for pilgrims only who took Mala dharana. Remaining pilgrims will raech the temple by different steps.
Ayyappa Darsanam is the goal of the entire trek. It can't be explained in words. The idol is very small and looks as if he is present as a small boy before us. SWAMIYE SARANAMAYYAPPA.
Malika puram temple is also present in the same campus.