At the summit of Azhutha is Kallidumkunnu.
The pilgrims drop the pebble taken by them from Azhutha river
here. This is done as the mortal remains of Mahishi was cast
off here and filled with stones.
The next important place is the Inchipparakota where there
is Kotayil Sastha shrine. Pilgrims offer prayers here and
break coconuts. From here the pilgrims descent the slippery
path carefully. The descent ends at Karimala thodu (canal)
with Azhutha hill on one side and Karimala hill on the other.
Pilgrims rest here for a while.
Karimala is the abode of elephants which visits the Karimala
canal to drink water. Pilgrims light the aazhi (campfire)
to protect themselves from wild animals and cold weather.
Karimala hill consists of seven levels and is climbed in stages.
As the ascent of 5 km is difficult the pilgrims continuously
chant saranams. On top of Karimala the terrain is flat suitable
for the pilgrims to rest. It is interesting to see the Nazhikkinar
- a well within a well with fresh spring like water. There
deities of Karimalanthan, Kochukaduthaswami and Karimala Bhagawathi.
From here after the exhausting descent, Pampa river is about