Important places the pilgrims crosses between Erumeli and Sannidhanam are :
It is a river about 4 km from Erumeli. Lord Ayyappa rested here during his expedition.
It is from here the rise begins. Giving alms here is important. By giving alms, one is
disposing of all dharma and seeking asylum in Ayyappa. The forest beyond Perur Thodu
is poongavanam (Ayyappan's garden).
About 10 km from Perur Thodu is Kalaketti. The legend says that Lord Shiva,
Ayyappa's father, came on his ox and tied it here and witnessed Lord Ayyappa
killing Mahishi. There is a shrine where the pilgrims light camphor and break
Azhutha river, a tributary of Pampa, is about 2 km from Kalaketti.
On the far side of the river is the steep Azhutha hill, famous
for its arduous track. In the ascent of 2 km of steep climb
there is hardly anyone who does not shed tears.