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Achencoil, Kollam

Achencoil, a popular pilgrim centre as well as sightseeing destination of Kerala, is situated at a distance of about 60 km from Kollam. The region is best known for its thick forests, temples, and waterfalls.

The most popular pilgrim attraction of the area is the Achencoil Sastha Temple, where the presiding deity Lord Ayyappa. The temple attracts devotees and history lovers alike, for it contains an idol of Lord Sastha which is believed to have been installed prior to the Christian era.

The temple is frequented by people during the Mandala Pooja and Revathi festivals which fall in the months of December-January and January-February, respectively. The flower offering (known as Pushpabhishekam) at this temple makes it a standout among the other temples of South India.

Other popular tourist attractions of the region are Kubhavurutty Waterfalls and Manalar Falls. Situated along the way to Achencoil Sastha temple, these two waterfalls offer a visual treat as well as a resting place to the travellers.

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