is famous for curing poisonous snake bites. The left hand of the idol of Ayyappa at Achankovil Sastha Temple always holds ‘Chandan’ (sandalwood paste) and Thirtha (holy water). The Chandan and Thirtha are considered to have medicinal properties to cure snake bites. Achankoil Shastha Temple
The temple complex also contains other deities associated with the Ayyappa legend. The festivals and rituals held here have strong Tamil roots.
The most important festival here is celebrated from the first to tenth day of Malayalam month Dhanu (December – January).
There are bus services from Punalur and Chengottai to reach the temple. Also there are private services from Konni, Aryankavu etc.