PILGRIMAGE IN KOLLAM, KERALA
Ariankavu is famous for the shrine dedicated to Lord Sastha. This is situated about 70 kms from Kollam on the Kollam – Shenkottai road. The main festivals which are celebrated in the month of December are Mandala Pooja and Trikalyanam. Kulathupuzha: Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha temple. Kulathupuzha is situated on a forest range on the Thiruvananthapuram–Shenkottai road. The most important festival is the Vishnu Mahotsavam which is celebrated in the month of April and May.
The vast fresh water lake in Sasthamkotta is surrounded by the hills on three sides and the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha temple which lends its name to the Sasthamkotta town is an important pilgrimage centre.
This place is famous for pilgrim centre located about 34 kms. from the Kollam town. The unique feature of this famous pilgrim centre is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to universal consciousness. The two main annual festivals are Ochira Kali which is celebrated in mid June and the twelve day Pantharandu Vilakku which is celebrated in November and December.
Mayyanad is known for its shrines and temples. The Subramanya temple at Umayanallor is the most important temple among the nine temples. This shrine is said to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Sree Sankaracharya.
The Vyala monster sculptures in the temple gives one the impression that the creatures are animated and actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws. The Rameshwara temple shows Pandyan influence in its designs and has inscriptions in Tamil, belonging from 12th to 16th centuries.
Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple:
The temple is an excellent example of the rock cut temple architecture. This Temple is situated on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road.