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Agastyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala state. Agastyarkoodam is located about 70 km away from Thiruvananthapuram city. This forest area is situated in Tamilnadu border. Agastyarkoodam is famous for a wide resource of many rare Ayurvedic herbs and Medicines.
According to a local belief, the peak was the abode of sage Agasthya, who was a deep-rooted bachelor. Hence this place is known as Agastyarkoodam. The aborigines dislike the presence of women on the hill. Hence, women are not allowed up the peak.
Agastyarkoodam is a spectacular peak in the Western Ghats that rises to a majestic height of about 1868 m in the form of a sharp cone. Agastyarkoodam is accessible only on foot, with 24 km of trekking from Bonacaud, and 32 km from Neyyar Dam.
Agastyarkoodam is a paradise of rare herbs and medicinal plants, its slopes offer a breathtaking sight when they transform into colorful glades of the 'Neelakurinji' a flower, which blooms only once in twelve years. Apart from Munnar, Agastyarkoodam is the only place where Neelakurinji flower blooms.
For trekking in Agastyarkoodam, a forest pass has to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Dept., P.T.P.Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.
A 20-25 minute walk from Bonacaud bus stop will take you to the forest Office, which is the entry point to Agastyar jungle. After registering with your details and checking the permit passes, you will be inspected for hidden bottles of liquor since alcohol is banned in the forest. Some take the 24-km long trek through the elephant and bear-infested terrain to enjoy the feel of the jungle that they only seen in movies. The trekking path in Agastyarkoodam is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Meadows and streams, reed groves, trees clinging to the hillsides are surrounded in the lonely walkway through the woods. The only sounds you hear during the trekking are the swish of the trees, gurgle of water in the rivulets and the sweet warbling of birds. The Agastyarkoodam forest has some rare flora and fauna. Before reaching the sole shelter in the jungle built for trekkers at Athirumala, you have to cross three rivers - the Karamana, the Vaazhapindhiyaar and the Attayar. There is a big waterfall known as Bona Falls.
Best time to visit
The best time to take a visit to Agastyarkoodam will be December to April.
Nearest places to visit
Veli Tourist Village: 75 km
Kovalam: 85 km
Neyyar Dam: 62 km
Varkala: 35 km
How to reach Agastyarkoodam?
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is about 70 km away from Agastyarkoodam.
Nearest Railhead: Thampanur railway station in Thiruvananthapuram is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country is just 70 km away from Agastyarkoodam.
Road: There is motorable road to the Agastyarkoodam which is well connected by regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram city.
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