Ananthapura Lake TempleAfter discovering the bekal fort we headed to Ananthapura Lake Temple.Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple or Anantha Lake Temple is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura, around 6 km from the town of Kumbla in Manjeswaram taluk of Kasaragod District of Kerala, South India. This is the only lake temple in Kerala and is believed to be the original seat (Moolasthanam) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down.To reach there by road one has to take a deviation from Naikap (4 km from Kumbla) on the Kumbala-Badiyadka road.
The Ananthapura Lake Temple is the only lake temple in Kerala. Believed to be the original seat of Anantha Padmanabha Swami, pilgrims from Kerala and Karnataka both flock here on a daily basis. The most interesting part about this temple, however is outside it – the vegetarian crocodile! Yes, there is a single crocodile that resides in the lake surrounding the temple and he only eats rice and jaggery. He doesn't consume any sort of meat and is considered harmless. And according to local legends, when the crocodile dies, it is miraculously replaced by another crocodile from nowhere!
This temple is located around 30 kms from the Bekal Fort. Built in the 9th century, it is the only lake temple in Kerala. It is surrounded by the Ananthapura Lake and the only way in is through a bridge. The temple is very serene to spend time in. Another attraction here is a Crocodile that is said to be around 150 years old. This is one of the few South Indian temples that is open to people of all castes. It is a very modest looking temple with greenery around. There is also a small Ganesha temple near the gate that is worth a stop.