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Sasthamkotta lake

Sasthamkotta lake

Sasathamkotta Lake, also considered as a wetland, lies on the south of the west coast. This fresh water lake sets in picturesque surroundings as the lake is encircled with the hillocks on its three sides. This freshwater lake is the largest one in the state of Kerala.

It is said that the lake was named after the ancient Sastha temple, a pilgrimage centre, which is still there on its bank. It is also the source of the drinking water for half a million population of the district of Quilon, which is also a resource of fishing. The lake is situated in the Kollam district, sprawling over an area of about 375 hectares.

Shasthamcotta Lake provides fresh water is available 365 days a year. This majestic lake is completely devoid of flora as there is no plant growth in the waters of the lake. The cleanliness of the lake water for drinking purpose is attributed to the large number of larva called cavaborus that is present in the water, consuming bacteria in the lake water.

In November 2002, lake was designated as the wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Indo-Norwegian consortium undertook and executed the project. You can also have a houseboat journey along the Shasthamkotta Lake as it has a charm of its own. You can even have an accomodation at the PWC Rest House. The lake is also assessable through roadways as direct buses are available from Kollam to the Shasthamkotta Lake.

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