Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : 5:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ananthapura Lake Temple, a serene Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake located in Village Ananthapura, Kasargod, is a renowned tourist traction in God's Own Country, the South Indian state of Kerala, India. Walk down the entrance, and you'll notice how tranquil and pleasant the location is. The calm lake that is formed by a continuous supply of spring water and the pleasant temple with its traditional architecture are sure to put you at ease in an instant. This is the only temple that has a crocodile considered as a guardian and a messenger. This guardian is a vegetarian, 80plus-year-old crocodile named Babiya and if you are lucky, you could spot him swimming in the lake waters.
The Ananthapura Lake Temple is the holy temple of Ananthapadmanabhan Swami. It is believed that Ananthapadmanabhan settled down here first and then moved to Thiruvananthapuram through a cave which lies to the right-hand side corner of the lake. The cave is said to be a natural structure that separates Ananthapura and Thiruvananthapuram and therefore, these two temples retain the name of the same deity.
The Ananthapura Lake Temple is a perfect example of nature living in total harmony with each other, and it indeed is, as it is seen by the presence of a crocodile in spite of humans visiting the temple to offer their prayers. Babiya never attacks the humans even when they use the tank for taking a bath and humans never treat him differently and together they maintain a blended and peaceful existence. One has to visit this temple to experience total harmony.