Sasthamkotta Lake is another famous tourist attarction and largest freshwater lake of Kerala. It is a perfect holidaying spot because hills that surround the lake add to the scenic beauty of the spot.
Location : Sasthamkotta Lake, situated around 29 km away from the Kollam town in beautiful village of Sasthamkotta.
About Sasthamkotta Lake
Sasthamkottah lake is called the queen of lakes. Sasthamkotta Lake is surrounded by hills on three sides except on the south side, where a bund has been constructed separating the lake from the neighbouring rice fields. There is a pristine Sastha temple (a pilgrimage centre) located on its bank so that the lake name is derived for this temple. It is an important pilgrim centre ad this shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
This lake is the main source of drinking water of the half million people of region of Kollam along with providing fishing facilities. Since November 2002, Sasthamkotta Lake is a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Lake has the capacity to store 22,390 million litres of water. It doesn’t contain any salt, mineral or metal in water. Sasthamkotta Lake is home to about 27 species of freshwater fish including pearl spot and cat fish and two varieties of prawns. The lake contributes to the fruitfulness of the region’s soil and a major part of the lake has been used for agriculture.