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Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasaragod
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Ananthapura Lake Temple is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura, Kasaragod District of Kerala, South India, at around 6 km from Kumble. This is the only lake temple in Kerala and is believed to be the original seat of Ananthapadmanabha Swami Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down.

The lake in which the Sanctum Sanctorum is built measures about 2 acres. An interesting spot to keep in mind while visiting the temple is a cave to the right corner of the lake. According to the local legend, the deity Anantha Padmanabha chose to go all the way to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave. Hence both the places retain similar names, in spite of being on either end of the region.
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  • If you are a spiritual person or an explorer who loves to check out unique and typical places in and around your travel destinations, then this is one of them. This temple is serene and must visit and...  more »
  • We first heard about this temple on a Kannada news channel and were intrigued by the report especially that of a Crocodile in the temple premises.In a quick and impromptu move we decided to leave earl...  more »
  • Ananthapura lake temple, as the name goes lies in the middle of a pond which is now famous for the vegetarian crocodile , Babiya. This place is few kms deviation from NH66, off kumbala. The crocodile ...  more »
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  • Marvelously unique place i have ever been! Yes, you will feel it once you step in there. Its peerless architecture is extraordinary. Quite place to meditate, and pump your energy high! Caring and extremely friendly people. Harmless Babiya - the crocodile freely living next to people symbolizes living with nature in peace. Great food, don't miss it!
  • It is a old temple having historical connection with the great Temple Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum. There is a cave connection these two temples as they say. There is a pond surrounding this temple and a Crocodile is there inside the pond without disturbing any devotees.
  • One of the classic temples... Not crowded... Home to a crocodile named babiya... Which feeds on template prasada... Located near badhiyadka... Nearest bus stop is kumble.. Must visit
  • The only lake temple in Kerala, Ananthapura lake temple is a Hindu temple that was founded way back in the 9th century. Located around 30 km from Bekal, it is the Moolasthanam or the original abode of Ananda Padmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. It is believed that this was the original site where the Lord settled himself down. The temple has that idol of Sree Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu where he is seated on the serpent god, Adisesha. A 150-yr old crocodile, Babia at the temple lake (302 feet) is a prime attraction. The locals believe that the crocodile is the guard of the temple. The temple complex is spread in an area of around 2 acres. The complex also has a cave on the right-hand side of the lake. It is believed it was through this cave that Lord Ananda Padmanabha walked all the way to Thiruvananthapuram. Timings: 5:30 pm – 12:30 pm (morning) and 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm (evening) Nearest railway station: Kasaragod railway station (14 km) Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport (222 km)
  • It is located at Tulunadu region of kerala state it is just 35KM away from mangalore if you ever come to Mangalore or Kasaragod dont miss to visit here.