Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

🇮🇳 Pathanamthitta is a municipality situated in the Central Travancore region in the state of Kerala, India. It is the administrative capital of Pathanamthitta district. The Hindu pilgrim centre Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district; as the main transport hub to Sabarimala, the town is known as the 'Pilgrim Capital of Kerala'. Forest covers more than half of the total area of the District. The district has its borders with Kottayam, Kollam and Idukki districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Agriculture Agriculture is the main occupation of the people. About 75% people are dependent on this sector. Rubber is the most important crop, with its plantations covering over 478 square kilometres. The hilly terrain coupled with high humidity makes the region suitable for rubber plantations. Paddy is the most important crop cultivated in the wet lands. Tapioca and pulses are the important dry land crops. Other major crops are coconut, banana, pepper and ginger. In certain areas cashew, pineapple, sugarcane, cocoa and other tree spices are cultivated. The land available for cultivation is less since sizeable area of the district is reserve forest. Major Agricultural Products include: Rice; Sugar Cane; Pepper; Ginger; Cardamom; Cashewnut; Rubber; Tapioca; Coconut.

Fisheries Pathanamthitta district has a unique position in the inland fisheries map of Kerala state with its freshwater resources like rivers, reservoirs, streams, ponds, quarries and paddy fields. The fisheries activities in this region started with the establishment of a Fresh Water Survey Station. The district has an Ornamental Fish Breeding resource centre and a National Fish Seed Farm. There are 2,444 fishermen depending on this sector for their livelihood.

Vizhinjam Beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India 
Vizhinjam Beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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Pathanamthitta has a population of over 37,538 people. Pathanamthitta also forms the centre of the wider Pathanamthitta district which has a population of over 1,197,412 people.

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