Agasthyakoodam Mountain in Kerela is part of the lofty Sahyadri range of mountains. It rises to a height of 1890 meters above sea level which makes it the second highest peak in Kerala.
About Agasthyakoodam Mountain in Kerala :
Agasthyakoodam is highly respected by both the Hindus as well as the Buddhists. This is because the Hindus believe that this mountain is the home of Sage Agastya, a disciple of Lord Shiva and the Buddhists think that this is the abode of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
A Tour to Agasthyakoodam gives you the chance to see this tall imposing mountain and the beautiful tea gardens on the slopes and foothills of the hills in Brimore, Ponmudi and Bonacaud.
Tourist Attractions in Agasthyakoodam :
A visit to the Agasthya Vanam Biological Park will surely be very interesting. Covering an area of 23 sq km, the park was established in the year 1992 with the objective of restoring plant life. So you will get to see a large number of rare trees. Other than exotic colorful orchids, a large number of herbs with a great deal of medicinal value can be found here. The herbs number more than two thousand and are used for Ayurveda.
You can also trek to reach the top of Agasthyakoodam or Agasthya Malai as it is popularly known. However Trekking is permitted only in the months of December, January, February and April. A distance of 28 km needs to be covered to reach the top and that takes about 2 days. Keep in mind the fact that passes have to be obtained from the Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Tiruvananthapuram for trekking.
Fairs and Festivals :
The numerous fairs and festivals celebrated in Kerala are as varied as the land itself, and uniquely represent the culture and tradition of the state. Thiruvananthapuram being the capital of Kerala, it celebrates all major festivals of the state like Onam Festival, Thrissur Pooram, Aranmula Uthrittathi besides some tourist festivals like Food Festival, The Great Elephant Race, Nishagandhi Dance Festival to name a few.
Accommodation in Agasthyakoodam :
When on a Tour to Agasthyakoodam it is best to reside in the hotels in Trivandrum. The options are plenty. A few of the hotels where you are sure to have a very comfortable stay are Hotel South Park (Fortune Hotel), Muthoot Plaza (Sarovar Park Plaza Hotel), Travancore Heritage, Mascot Hotel (KTDC Group of Hotel), Hotel Chaithram (KTDC Group of Hotel), Isola Di Cocco, Comfort Inn Grand
How to reach Agasthyakoodam :
The nearest railway station is at Tiruvananthapuram at a distance of about 8 km. The nearest airport is also Tiruvananthapuram airport. They are well connected to different parts of the country. Once you reach Tiruvananthapuram, you can avail of any local means of transportation like buses and taxis to reach Agasthyakoodam.
Best Time to Visit :
The best time for a tour to Agasthyakoodam is from December to April because this is the best season for trekking in the forests. Trekking permits are issued by the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram. The trekking journey of around 30 km is a two-day program.