Agastya Mala

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Agastya Mala
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Location Location.png 8.61631, 77.24605
Parent Regions RegionIconUp.png Asia
RegionIconUp.png India
RegionIconUp.png Kerala
RegionIconUp.png Thiruvananthapuram
Trail Type Point to Point
Typical time
Hike Distance 23 km
Highest Elevation 1868 m
Elevation Gain 2000 m
Camping Facility None
Vehicle Passenger
Permits required 3 - Yes - From Goverment Agency

Introduction

Agasthyarkoodam (Malayalam: അഗസ്ത്യകൂടം) (Tamil: அகத்தியமலை அல்லது அகத்தியக் கூடம்) is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft)-tall peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of South India. The peak lies in the border of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. This peak is a part of the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve which lies on the border between the Indian states of Kerala (in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram district) and Tamil Nadu (in Kanyakumari district, Tirunelveli district). The perennial Thamirabarani River originates from the eastern side of the range and flows into the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Agasthyarkoodam is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas. The Tamil language is considered to be a boon from Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agathiyar at the top of the peak and the devotees can offer pujas themselves.

Arrival

Agasthyarkoodam is 32 km from Neyyar Dam and 23 km from Bonacaud, near Ponmudi. The major city and airport nearest to Agasthyarkoodam is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and its Trivandrum International Airport, around 61 km away. The nearest railway station is Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The trekking path, nearly 35 km, is from Bonacaud. Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is part of the Agasthyarkoodam range

The Hike

Departure

Camping Facilities

Red tape

Trekking is allowed based on strict guidelines and is open to pilgrims during January to mid-March. Trekking passes are issued by Kerala Forest Department from the district office at Thiruvananthapuram.

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