The Sasthamkotta Lake is one of the biggest freshwater lakes in Kerala, with an attractive village nearby. Gifted with abundant natural beauty and extensive flora and fauna, the Sasthamkotta Lake offers plenty of opportunities to the travelers, truly in love with 'God's Own Country' Kerala, to explore its exotic beauty. Surrounded by the lush green valleys of Sasthamkotta, this lake is known to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kollam, situated about 29 km from the Kollam town.It is a beautiful spot with a health resort and a few restaurants to provide a memorable stay to the guests. One can see an ancient Sastha Temple, located close to the lake, which lends its name to the town. This temple is dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa and it makes Sasthamkota, an important pilgrim center. Surrounded by hills and forests, the temple has thousands of monkeys living in the premises, the existence of whom is considered holy. These monkeys are believed to be the faithful followers of the ruling deity.