Attractions in Agasthyakoodam

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Agasthyakoodam is a tourist destinatin in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state. The place offers it's visitors with trekking trails, the scenic natural beauties of the hillstation and it also hosts some pilgrim centres. This article covers information regarding the general information about the place, main attractions, accommodation facilities and how to reach Agasthyakoodam

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Nestled high in the Sahyadri Mountains, Agasthyakoodam is one of the frequently visited tourist destination in Kerala. The Agasthyakoodam peak is the second highest peak in Kerala state. Agasthyakoodam offers it's visitors wide varieties of enjoyments. If you want to undertake trekking trails, the place offers you the spot for trekking tails. Other attractions in Agasthyakoodam include Agasthya Vanam Biological Park, herbal plants, abundant wildlife and it also have some connections with Hindu and Budhist mythology. What people enjoy the most is the trekking trails through this forested peak. Agastyakoodam is located at a distance of 65 km away from Thiruvananthapuram town, in Kerala.

Attractions in Agasthyakoodam

Agasthyakoodam is a place which can quench the thirst of both natural lovers and adventurous people. The place is located at a height of 1890m above the sea level. The place has something to do with religious beliefs of both Hindus and Budhists.

Agasthyakoodam is a paradise for natural lovers. With a very rich collection of flora and fauna, it attracts people from all parts of the world. The Agasthya Vanam Biological Park is the best one you must see from the place. The park is set up to conserve and restore the degraded plan lfe in Agasthyakoodam. You can have glimpses of som herbal plants and trees from the place. Some refers it as a legendary herbal mountain with lots of unusual aromatic plants of medicinal plants. They account more than 2000 in number. There are other places of attractions in Agasthyakoodam which will enchant the visitors. The place is also known for it's bird life.

Agasthyakoodam is a pilgrimage centre too. Both Hindus and Budhists consider Agasthyakoodam as a sacred place. Hindus believe this place as the abode of their deity saga Agastya. The saga is considered to be one of the disciple of Lord Shiva. You can see a life size sculpture of Sage Agastya. Budhists consider the place as the abode of their deity Bodhisattva Avolikideswara.

The trekking trails is another attraction in Agasthyakoodam. You can explore the cone shaped Agasthyakoodam through the dense forests, snow capped mountains, sprawling grasslands and the scenic beauty of the place. The whole trekking to the Agasthyakoodam peak will take two days of time. So for having the best trekking chances here, you must plan the trip from December to April. You will get the Forest Pass from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram for trekking.

How To Reach Agasthyakoodam

Rails : The nearest railways station is the Thiruvananthapruram central railway station, located at 61 km from Agasthyakoodam.
Airways: The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International airport, around 75 km from Agasthyakoodam.
Roads : The place has well access by means of roads. You can get buses and taxis from almost all parts of the district to Agasthyakoodam.

Accommodation in Agasthyakoodam

You will get pleasant accommodation facilities in various hotels and resorts in and around Thiruvananthapuram . All these sites are furnished well with facilities ranging from the budget hotels to five star resorts. You can choose the accommodation according to your own budget. Reservation facilities are also allowed in some of the main resorts in Thiruvananthapuram.

Things to Note About Agasthyakoodam

1. Women are not allowed here, considering the bachelor life of the deity Agastya.
2. If you could visit the place when 'Nilakurinji' blooms, it will be the best.
3. Get the permission from Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram for trekking.
4. Plan your trip only during the months of December to April to have smooth trekking facilities.

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