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Agasthyakoodam, Kerala - The Trekkers' Paradise

Posted by Art Of Legend India [dot] Com On 11:11 PM
Agasthyakoodam, Kerala - The Trekkers' ParadiseIf you are looking for some real adventure and fun instead of a simple weekend ‘get away from the rest’ type of holiday, read on!!

Agasthyakoodam, the second highest peak in the state of Kerala is a trekkers’ paradise. The place is known in different names like Agasthyarkoodam, Agasthyamala, Ashambu hills or Agathiyar Malai. They are all the same. Situated within the famous Neyyar Wildlife Santuary, the peak stands at a height of 1,868-metre (6,129 ft).

The Crown Of The Capital City

The hill is not just in the capital city of Trivandrum but spread across the district of Kollam (Kerala) and Thirunelvei (Tamil Nadu). The river of Thamirabharani originates from the hill and flows to Tamil Nadu.

According to Hindu mythology, it is a pilgrimage centre for worshipping Sage Agasthya, and hence the name. Sage Agasthya is one among the most revered Saptarshis (seven sages) says the legend. The hill is also famous for its rare medicinal plants and herbs.

Well, as you see, another advantage of visiting the magnificent peak is that you can also pay a short visit to the wildlife sanctuary. Hence this can be taken as a whole package absorbing to the nature and enjoying in the lap of the mighty Western Ghats of which Agasthyakoodaam is a part.

Before I get into the travel details, let me apologize. I would like to let my fellow lady travel freaks to know that females are not allowed to go for the trek or pilgrimage here. Hope this would be changed in future.

Before You Set Out:

Well, as I have mentioned above, this cannot be a light trip, where you can just set out with your backpack in the morning. Here are a few must do, must carry things: 

Tourist PlacesAgasthyakoodam is open to public only from January to April. So plan your journey accordingly.

Prior permission has to be taken from the wild life warden’s office in PTP Nagar, Trivandrum. Also the permission is given to a limited number of travelers, hence reserve yours in advance.
  • An application form has to be submitted here along with copy of your valid ID cards and a small token fee has to be deposited along with.
  • Take sufficient food stuff or snacks with you, especially some energy drinks. Chocolates are the best to keep you going. Alcohol is not permitted. So please avoid carrying it or else you may land in trouble.
  • You can stay at the base camp before resuming the trek. Do not forget to take adequate things for a comfortable stay like bedspreads, blankets etc
  • If you are not in a good physical condition, please do not take the risk. Also the trek demands discipline in all sense, and this is no place for fancy frolicking.

Do not get disappointed. Why not compromise on such fun? You obviously can do in many other places. No worries on compromising, you can make a spectacular trip. It can be a trek to be cherished for a lifetime and a truly refreshing experience purifying your heart, soul and body.

On your way back, you can explore the small village of Bonacaud, right below the Agasthya mountain ranges. The place comprises tea estates and waterfalls. Also there exist many ruined buildings, standing as a testimony of the colonial era.

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