Amritapuri, a religious township and a pilgrim centre located at Vallikavu, is at a distance of about 30 km from Kollam. Vallikavu is a picturesque hamlet populated with fishermen community and is famed as the birthplace of Matha Amrithanandamayi. The place gathered worldwide attention for Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram is headquartered here.
Matha Amrithanandamayi is a female guru who has millions of followers from across the globe. Houseboat tours are available from Kollam to Amritapuri, during which travellers can enjoy the scenic beauty of backwaters. The place is well connected by road as there are buses available from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.
Named after Matha Amrithanandamayi, Amritapuri is spread over several acres. The township consists of the ashram, many educational institutions and research centres (collectively known as Amritapuri Campus), a charitable hospital, a post office, canteens, bookshops and several other facilities. Visitors are provided with accommodation, and the tranquil ambience of Amritapuri is sure to charm the visitors.