Agastyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala state. Agastyarkoodam is located about 70 km away from Trivandrum 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.
Best time to visit
The best time to take a visit to Agastyarkoodam will be December to April.Â Every year the Wildlife department will give entry passess for the tourists and trekkers ( normally they will issue passess for 200-500 visitors in a single season).
How to reach Agastyarkoodam?
By Air: Trivandrum 69 km
By Rail: Nearest station trivandrum 61 kms.
By Road: Trivandrum- nedumangad -vithura- bonacaud -61 kms.
Stay at Trivandrum or Nedumangad. 0471-2360762
Sights Around: Neyyar dam. Peppara dam. Neyyar lion safari park.
You can contact the below address to get the entry passess for the Agasthyarkoodam trekking / Tour.
The Wildlife Warden, Agasthyavanam Biological Park,
Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, Vattiyourkavu.P.O.
Phone: 0471 236860, 0471 2272182
You can also contact the Guide: Binukuttan:9526671637.