Pathanamthitta, a hilly terrain of pristine beauty is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. World famous Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala is in Pathanamthitta. More than fifty per cent of the total area of this land of temples, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves is covered by forests.
The district is frequented by visitors from India and abroad often for its water fiestas, religious shrines and the cultural training center. Pathanamthitta is bordered by the Western Ghats on the east, Kollam district on the south, Alappuzha district on the west and Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts on the north.