Visiting a 1000-year old temple dedicated to Lord Ananthapadmanabha surrounded by a lake can be a peaceful experience for each devotee. This 9th century temple is the original abode of the deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Ananthapura Lake Temple is located on a rocky hill in a remote, isolated area in the middle of the Ananthapura Lake. The temple is almost 18 kilometers away from Kasargode district in Kerala near Kumbla. The presiding deity in the temple is seated on the Adisesha, the serpent god and it is accessible only by a bridge. A vegetarian crocodile named Babia is truly another attraction of this temple which is almost 150 years old.
Ananthapura Lake Temple is the only lake temple in the state and the original idols in the sanctum sanctorum were made up of a unique mixture called 'Kadu-Sharkara-Yogam’. More than 70 materials with medicinal properties were used to prepare this mixture. But those idols were replaced in 1972 with panchaloha metals. The walls of the temple are decorated by beautiful paintings. There is a small cave within the temple that opens out to a tiny tank. The water level of this tank remains unchanged regardless of climatic variations.
There are no restrictions to visit this temple and it is open to everybody irrespective of religion, caste or creed.
The vegetarian crocodile, Babia has been living in the temple lake for more than 60 years. This crocodile eats nothing else other than a special meal made up of rice and jaggery by the temple officials. Kasargode is the nearest railway station to reach this temple which is almost 14 kilometers away. The nearest airport is Mangalore airport in Karnataka which is around 56 kilometers from the Ananthapura Lake Temple. Contact Tour My India to choose the right pilgrim travel packages to Kerala to have a blissful experience.