Ananthapura Lake Temple
Ananthapura Lake Temple
4.5
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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TheWorldNut
Bangalore District, India665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Its a very unique temple in the midst of a lake (read pond), and very clean. We planned to reach at the puja time which is around 12 noon, however there was a huge rush and given the Covid situation, we planned to avoid mixing up, but outsides are equally good. Another uniqueness is the crocodile Babiya, we did get a glimpse or two and waited a while for the feeding time but the heat was pretty much so had to move on without actually witnessing the feeding. Seems like a very popular place amongst the locals. We visited on a Sunday, but may be on other days it might not be that crowded. One thing which really stands out is that no body troubles or haggles you. There is a shop outside which provides water, soft drink and snacks and the prices are reasonable. May be an early morning visit would be lot better.
Written January 28, 2021
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SUNKHAT
Kolkata (Calcutta), India46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A lovely place in middle of nowhere. Beautiful setup, small pond and the myth of single crocodile appearing once the existing tenant dies.
Gives you goosebump, and takes your trust to some almighty power.
Written January 1, 2024
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Tohuku
Kochi (Cochin), India87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The legend is that this temple is linked to Trivandrum Padmanabhaswamy temple. There is a grilled gate on the right side of the temple, where it is believed, that acts as a doorway to trivandrum Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Written January 16, 2015
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Anand G
Kochi (Cochin), India2,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
This is a very unusual temple with a single sanctum sanctorum constructed in the middle of a pond. The deity is Lord Anantapadmanabha in sitting posture (again unique;normally such idols are in lying down pose) flanked by Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Bhoomidevi (aka Neela- Goddess Mother Earth) although these can be seen only through the grills on the side of the main door. There is a crocodile living in the pond which is fed by the priests with the cooked rice offered to the deity (Naivedya Prasadam). It feeds without harming anyone;however, the feeding priest do no allow visitors to go near the reptile although it is considered harmless. Within the proerty near the alternate water body about 200 m away there are some other idols including one Rakteshwari (it is the form of Goddess Durga just after killing the demon named Raktabija). This temple is supposed to the root templke of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum. As in the case of many temples in Kerala, there is a mythical story connected to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar and migration of the lord from this temple to Anantan kadu (forest of Ananta) which became Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) later. The temple is low profile unlike its more famous offshoot in Trivandrum. There is small tunnel at the edge of the pond which supposed to be linked to the temple in Trivandrum. The Anantapura temple is extremely well maintained (actually spick and span) and spotlessly clean. The atmosphere is serene and calming. There is a flow of energy felt here like in Mookambika temple, Kollur or Vadakkumnatha Temple, Trichur- soft but invigorating. Making offerings of rice to the crocodile is considered auspicious. Kerala dress code not applicable here and hence no restrictions on most of the types of dresses. A must visit if in Kasaragode. This visit was preceded by two and followed by another three since I make it a point to visit this temple whenever I am in Kasaragode Mangalore or Kanhangad for more than a week. I have seen the crocodile a few times although it stays in water when there are visitors.
Written December 6, 2014
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Jose T
Bengaluru, India699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
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 well known for a female Crocodile babiya living the temple lake for almost 80 Yrs +.

Her Feeding by pujaris is something which attracts people of all regions to this location. This temple and the lake around it is a feast to your eyes, if lucky you can spot Babiya coming out to take her share of food after the Puja is done. This place is located at around 7kms from Kumbla enroute Badiyadukka State Highway at around 2kms deviation from the SH to your right. You should be there before 12 noon to watch the Puja and further the feeding of the Crocodile inside the Temple lake. Carry traditional Dhothi’s if you wish to enter inside premises. This place is located at Kasaragod, one of the northern districts of Kerala, and border b/w Kerala and Karnataka. Further this location, you should take a drive up the hill nearby where you can check out one of the beautiful remains of an old Kerala traditional type house(Naalu kettu), which is currently occupied by miscreants and anti-social elements. No matter what this is a must check out place and trust me you won’t complain after seeing the location, its worth a try. This location has figured in many movies and stunt scenes off late. Must visit time is early morning or evening as the sky will be beautiful and you will get good chances to get amazing photos. This place has Waist high grasslands, and the look is amazing.
Written November 7, 2016
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Krishnan U
Bengaluru, India363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Quiet, unique and very nice feeling.
Temple is around 10kms from Kasargod town. One needs to reach Kumbala and there are direction signs that lead to the temple.
There was no crowd at all and one can have a peaceful darshan.
While pants are allowed in the temple, gents needs to remove the shirt while entering the temple.
Better to choose morning time for visit, since the temple is open for more hours in the morning ( till 12.30pm).
Written January 1, 2015
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324MNRao
Bengaluru, India217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Ananthapura temple, situated in the midst of a huge pond with deep waters is very interesting indeed. Apart from its location in the interiors surrounded by forest, there is a crocodile which will come out everyday exactly at 11.00 AM to receive the offerings made, after the puja in the temple. There is always one crocodile and it seems to be eternal!

At the lake's northern edge, there is a cave and the belief is that it goes all the way south up to Trivandrum, almost 700 kms away! Once in twelve years, the chief priest of the temple enters the cave led by a group of original inhabitants of the place and conducts some religious ceremony. Neither the priest nor any of the men accompanying him are supposed to talk anything about what they see inside the cave.

I had visited this temple earlier, when the statues were being made by a specialist team. The team took seven years to create the 7 statues, installed inside the temple. The process followed was an ancient one. After forming a skeleton, different kinds of herbal concoctions were applied on it periodically till the final beautiful forms of God are achieved. The concoctions also consume milk, honey and various vegetarian and herbal liquids and gels prepared by the team itself. The process is long and extremely time consuming. But at the end when you look at these statues, they look as though they are carved out of granite stone! I was lucky to see all the seven statues during this process since after the temple re-opened, one can see only the main statue of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy, while all others are hidden from anyone's view!
Written January 6, 2014
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SURAJ KALATHINGAL
Kochi (Cochin), India6,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The temple is in Kasargod district of Kerala.This temple is very much connected to Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple in Trivandrum.Men has to remove their shirt before entering the Temple.This structure is built out of the massive rock..It also has a cave that leads to a pond.
Written February 18, 2020
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Gopal Lahiri
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
A wonderful temple residing beside the tiny lake! The ambiance is great ! The added attraction is a crocodile who eats only Prasad! Serene, quiet and a lovely place for the worshipped! A must visit!
Written October 14, 2019
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Dilip S
Vadodara, India1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
After taking our breakfast at Sadanand Restaurant on 13th March , we embarked on our journey to Ananthapuram , 40 km away from Mangalore and 4 km far from Kumbala in Kasargod , Kerala to pay our respects to the Moolasthan of Shri Anantha Padmanabha Swami of Thiruvananthapuram built amidst the natural beauty within a rectangular lake in the 9th century . It is believed that through a huge cave facing the north east corner of the lake Shri Anantha Padmanabha Swami went to Thiruvananthapuram .

The gopuram , temple edifice and Sreekovil ( Sanctum sanctorum ) are connected by a small bridge . In the Sreekovil Shri Anantha Padmanabha Swami is seated on the divine serpent Anantha , while in Thiruvananthapuram the Lord is reclining on him . On both the sides of the Lord are Bhoodevi , the Goddess of Earth and Shreedevi , the Goddess of Prosperity . Garud and Hanuman stand in front of them praying with folded hands . Heavenly maidens fan the Lord and his consorts from behind . Jaya and Vijaya , Lord Vishnu’s attendants , stand in guard at the entrance . The seven original idols found in the temple are made of neither metal nor stone, but of a combination of about 108 medicinal plants collected from Kashmir to Kanyakumari known as Kadusharkara yogam .

The shrine is encircled by a ' Chuttambalam ' ( an enclosed verandah running around the building .

On the ceiling of the Namaskar Mandap there are marvellous and ancient mural paintings on Puranic themes and a 16th century epigraph with engravings in the Tulu script .

Near the south - west corner of the lake there is a shrine housing a very graceful idol of Shrikrishna believed to be the same idol worshipped by the great mystic and devotee of Lord Vishnu, Shri Vilvamangalathu Swamy who was famous in Bengal as Bilvamangal . While Sage Vilvamangalthu Swami was doing penance in the holy spot , Lord Krishna used to visit him disguised as a mischievous little boy . One day he did some pranks on him while the swamigal doing his puja . Swamigal , at his wits end , admonished the child and pushed him with his back hand . The Lord , transformed into a ball of divine aura hastened through the cave . A divine voice heard , “ Now if you want to see me , come to Ananthankadu ” . Then only Vilvamangalathu Swami realised that the boy was none other than his own lord . It is said that the sage also ran into the cave and going through the passage that formed there he reached Ananthankadu . At last the sage reached a place which is the present day Thiruvanathapuram , the capital of Kerala , where he had the darshan of Lord Vishnu . It was at this holy spot eventually Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Thiruvanathapuram came up.

What is perhaps most unique about this temple is the presence of Babia , a pure vegetarian human-friendly male crocodile who lives in the cave and lake waters . Every day after the Ucchapooja ( noon worship ) , Babia is fed with the prasad ( a kind of gruel made of rice and jiggery ) offered by the devotees to the deity .
In fact it is believed to have existed there for many years and is revered as the guardian and messenger of the temple . The legend goes that there is only one crocodile in the lake at a time . When one crocodile dies , another one appears in the lake .

Temple remains open from 0530 – 1230 and from 1730 – 1930 .
Written May 24, 2015
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