SASTHAMKOTTA – THE QUEEN OF LAKES
The Sasthamkotta Lake is known as the largest fresh water lake in Kerala. About half a million people of Kollam district meet their drinking water need with the help of the fresh water from the Lake. The presence of a particular species of bacteria called cavaborus keeps the lake water purified and therefore drinkable. The lake is a designated wetland of international significance and is also one of the primary fishing resources for the people around the area. It is bordered by hills on three sides of it. The lake derives its name from the ancient temple in the area dedicated to Lord Sastha. Hordes of monkeys inhabit the temple premises and people consider them holy. Very devotee-friendly, these monkeys are fed nuts and fruits by thousands of people visiting the temple.