The Birthplace of Matha Amrithananthamayi, 'Amma', comforts the
hearts of thousands of people with her unconditional love. She has
inspired many humanitarian activities all over the world. The journey
from Trivandrum takes about three hours. Kayamkulam (12 km north
of Amritapuri) and Karunagapally (10 km south) are the major cities
Ariankave (Pilgrim Center)
70 kms from Kollam, on the route to Shenkotah, is Arainkavu where
there is a famous shrine devoted to Lord Shasta. The main festival
of this temple is in December.
The place is primarily noted for its shrines and temples, the most
important of the nine temples being the Subramanya Temple at Umayanallor.
Oachira Temple (34 km)
Located to the north of Kollam town, Oachira Temple is the unique
pilgrim centre, with no idol or deity. The famous Parabrahma Temple
is dedicated to the Universal Consciousness.
There are inscriptions in Tamil depicting the epic Mahabaratha.
These inscription are from 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala
monster sculptures in this temple gives one the impression that
the creatures are animated and actually climbing up the stairs with
their outstretched paws.