Achankovil village, seen in the background is the western Ghats forests
Ayrankavu, Kulathupuzha, Achankovil and Sabarimala route map
Achankovil in Kerala is both the name of a river and a village, famous for the Shastha Temple. This village is located deep in the forest, accessible only through the forest routes. You can reach Achankoivil from both Kerala and Tamilnadu side. The road from Tamilnad side is better motorable.
See also How to reach Achan Koivil and Punalur to Achankoil. Buses (KSRTC) from Kerala to Achankovil operate both from Punalur and via Sengottai. During the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the route get a a bit busy.
Road to Achankovil from Mullumala. Its a tough road to drive, mainly used by the forest department and a few villages in the forest. A lone KSRTC bus operates a daily service in this route from Punalur
Shenkottai to Achankovil road near Kottavasal Karuppaswamy Temple
Karuppasamy temple of Kottavasal, on the way to Achankovil. Karuppasamy is considered as the lieutenant of lord Ayyappan. This is the place believed to be the locattion where lord Ayyappa met on his way to Sabarimala met Karuppasamy . This shrind is by the side of the ghat road, a sflight of steps can take to town to the temple location.
Achankovil Shastha Temple, (Dharmasastha Temple) is one of the five important temples dedicated to lord Ayyappa. At Achankoil temple Lord Ayyappa is depicted in the Grihastha Ashrama form. He is symbolically depicted along with his two wives – Purna and Pushkala. According to the myths Lord Parashurama installed the idol of Ayyappa at Achankoil temple.
Achankovil River through the forest near Achankovil village