Being called the 'Queen of Lakes' is no small distinction, but a visit to Sasthamkotta in Kollam district helps you understand the moniker. The largest freshwater lake in Kerala, it has always been a hotbed for tourist activity.
Flanked by magnificent hills on three sides, this area is also home to one among Kerala’s most important pilgrimage sites, the ancient Sastha Temple. One can find friendly monkeys on its premises that are considered divine entities by the locals. Dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa, the monkeys are believed to be the faithful entourage of the ruling deity, the Dharmasastha.
People love coming and feeding the beautiful animals, along with soaking in the spiritual ambience of the entire place.
Nearest railway station: Kollam, about 29 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 71 km
Latitude: 9.043445, Longitude: 76.620655