Ayyappa Temple - Achankovil
At a distance of 47 Kms from Pathanamthitta, Ayyappa Temple located in Achankovil is one of the popular Ayyappa temples in Kerala. It is situated on Pathanamthitta - Tenkasi road.
This temple is believed to have been built by Parasurama. Here, Lord Ayyappa is seen with his two wives, Poorna and Pushkala. This ancient temple is located in dense forests of Kandamala, where the God is said to have given 'Darshan' to a worshipper who performed long penance. This temple is also famous for snake bite treatment. The sandal paste in the hands of Lord Ayyappa is believed to have miraculous healing power for snake venom and it is available 24 hours.
This temple celebrated two important festivals - called Mandala Pooja (December / January) and Ravathi (January / February).