Jeep services and KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) buses from Kumily and Vandiperiyar ply up to Uppupara. The 25 km journey by bus or jeep reaches to Uppupara from Vandiperiyar. From there the pilgrims must climb down by foot through Pandithavalam about 4 km to reach Sannidhanam (Sabarimala). This route is convenient for the pilgrims from Tamil Nadu touching Kumily. The Kozhikkanam-Uppupara ghat road cuts through the verdant forest patch in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. One has to pass through Vallakadavu and Kozhikkanam to reach Pullumedu.
Another route is Vandiperiyar to Mount Estate (8 km) by vehicle and their by walking to Sabarimala (12 km).