Gifted with abundant natural beauty and extensive flora and fauna, the Sasthamkotta Lake offers plenty of opportunities to the travelers, truly in love with 'God's Own Country' Kerala, to explore its exotic beauty. Surrounded by the lush green valleys of Sasthamkotta, this lake is known to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kollam, situated about 29 km from the Kollam town. The locals call it as 'Queen of Lakes,' mainly because of the refreshing beauty, that surround the place and cultural extravaganza in the form of temples.
The Sasthamkotta Lake is one of the biggest freshwater lakes in Kerala, with an attractive village nearby. It is a beautiful spot with a health resort and a few restaurants to provide a memorable stay to the guests. One can see an ancient Sastha Temple, located close to the lake, which lends its name to the town. This temple is dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa and it makes Sasthamkota, an important pilgrim center. Surrounded by hills and forests, the temple has thousands of monkeys living in the premises, the existence of whom is considered holy. These monkeys are believed to be the faithful followers of the ruling deity.
The monkeys living here are friendly and harmless and the devotees visiting the temple feed these creatures with nuts and fruits.
Water supply to the Kollam Town is met by purifying the water from this lake. Sasthamkota is also a famous shooting location, where the scenes of many popular movies and TV serials are shot, like Inapravukal (1965), Ente Hridayathinte Udama (2002), Kuttisrank (2009), etc. Lately, a lot of people are using this location for post marriage video album coverage, all because of the natural surroundings, the Sasthamkota is known for.