Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the shrine. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains opened during the first five days each Malayalam month.
Udayasthamana pooja, padipooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during these days.
The main pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine is during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January). The period sees heavy rush of devotees to the hill shrine.