About Agasthyakoodam :
Agasthyakoodam 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.
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 Tour to 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.
There is a large sculpture of Sage Agastya that you should not miss on your Tour to Agasthyakoodam.
Accommodation in Tour to 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.
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