The Emerald Green Backwaters

Historical Pilgrimage Monument Temple Lake Unique Ananthapura Lake Temple, situated in Ananthapuram is an ancient 9th century temple. Ananthapura is the only lake temple in Kerala with a rectangular lake which is supplied by an infinite spring. The temple is located around 30 k.m from Bekal. Adding the uniqueness of the temple is the presence of the 150 year old crocodile named ‘Babia’ who resides in the temple lake. Ananthapura is regarded as the original abode of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, a faith that connects the two extremes of the state of Kerala, even long before the state was formed.

  • Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the sanctum (main worship place) of the Temple.
  • The temple is open in the morning from 5:30 A.M till 12:30 P.M and in the evening 5:30 P.M till 7:30 P.M.
  • Devotees entering the temple must keep their footwear outside the main gate.
  • Male devotees must remove their upper clothing before entering the sanctum.
  • Visitors/ Devotees must not enter in the lake or throw plastic or other materials into it.
  • If the crocodile is spotted, it shouldn’t be disturbed or touched.
  • Photography/ Videography is restricted.

  • 30 km from Bekal on the Kumbala-Badiadka road. Take deviation from Naikap on the Kumbala-Badiadka Road.
  • Kasaragod railway station is about 12 k.m away from the temple. Nearest airport is the Mangalore airport, 60 k.m away.
  • Kozhikode Airport is about 220 k.m away.

  • Only Lake Temple in Kerala
  • Has a 150 year old vegetarian crocodile
  • Original abode of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum
  • 9th century temple with old architecture and Kadum Sharkara Yogam idol of deity.
  • A cave connecting mythically to the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum.

Can Non-Hindus enter the Temple?

Ananthapura is a Hindu temple. But irrespective of religion and caste, anybody can enter the premises of the temple until the inner worshipping place. Only Hindus adhering to the rules and believes of the temple are allowed inside by the Temple Committee.

Is Photography allowed in the temple premises?

Photography and Videography is restricted inside the premises of the temple. Photographers shall take prior permission from the Temple Authorities before attempting to take photographs of the Temple.

Can the crocodile be fed with food items brought from outside?

No, the crocodile is vegetarian and is only fed by the temple priest. Further, throwing of any kinds of food items or other materials into the lake is strictly prohibited.

Is there any entry fees to the temple?

No, the entry is free. But the temple is open only during the worship hours from morning from 5:30 A.M till 12:30 P.M and in the evening 5:30 P.M till 7:30 P.M.

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Detail Description

Ananthapura Lake Temple in the Northern district of Kasaragod in Kerala is one of the oldest temples in the state. This temple has the sanctum of Lord Vishnu. The temple is said to have been built in the 9th century. Usually, the temples in Kerala and even India has the idols of their residing deities carved out of stone or made of Bronze or other metals. But in the Ananthapura Temple, the idol of the deity is made using a rare combination of over 70 medicinal materials referred to as the ‘Kadum Sharkara Yogam’ in Ayurveda. Later, in the 1970’s, after centuries, the idol was replaced by Panchaloham. The idol of Lord Vishnu can be found in a sitting position in this temple. It bears to be the original abode of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, where in the deity can be found in the Ananthashayanam (sleeping) position. Lord Vishnu is also said to be resting in the Ananthapura Temple on the Kshir Sagar or the Ocean of Milk to symbolize the never ending creation capability of the god. The Temple Lake is supposed to be a representation of the Kshir Sagar.


Location Map


Traveling through the narrow roads from Naikap around 5 k.m away from Kumbala, finally my car reached the Ananthapura village. It was the Janmashtami day and the temple was filled with devotees paying homage to Lord Vishnu on the birthday of his incarnation, Lord Sree Krishna.


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