Agasthyarkoodam is one among the best visited tourist spots in the Western Ghats of south India. As per studies, this peak is considered to be 1868m tall. It lies in the border of Trivandrum district. Actual location lies on the border region between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. When searched, you can find that the river Thamirabarani originates from the eastern side of range. This river with mind blowing twist and turns then flows to Thirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
Agastyarkoodam is also connected with the story of Hindu sage Agastya muni. Agastya muni is one among the Saptarishis of Hindu Purana. You can see a full sized statue of Agastya muni at the top of the peak. Here devotees can themselves perform poojas. Now let's see the geography of the location.
Nearby places to Agathyarkoodam include Neyyar dam and Bonacaud. Neyyar dam is about 32 kms from Agasthyar koodam and Bonacaud is about 23kms from Agasthyarkoodam. If you are interested in trekking, you can also do it here. Trekking path is nearly 35kms from Bonacaud. Also, this place beholds Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger reserve, a chief tourist spot in south India.
Karamana river and Neyyar river
Karamana river and Neyyar river are two among the rivers originating from this mountain range. Trekking path in Agasthyrakoodam is opened for tourists from the month of January to middle month of March. Trekking passes to Agasthyarkoodam is issued by Kerala Forest department in Trivandrum. Vehicles are allowed only till Bonacaud region. Trekking to the peak requires nearly two days.
As per studies, Agstayarmala is renowned for an amazing range of herbs and medicinal plants. Also, you can find here tea gardens established by Europeans particularly from England. Rare flora and fauna is an interesting feature of this biosphere reserve. If you wish to do trekking, the best time period is from the month of January to the month of March.
As said earlier, devotees can perform poojas to the Murti of Agasthya muni at the top of Agasthyamalai hill.
Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve is today under the consideration of UNESCO as a world heritage site. This reserve covers over 3500.36 sq km area. As per studies, Aghastyakoodam is reported to be as the second highest peak in the state of Kerala. As said earlier, river Thamirabarani originates on the eastern side of mountain. This biosphere reserve is also considered as the home to Kanikaran tribe. You can find here a wide range of lichens, orchids, ferns and mosses.
Agastya crocodile rehabilitation
Have you heard about The Agastya crocodile rehabilitation and research center? This center is also named after sage Agastya. Do you wish to trek the mountain? If your answer is yes, you need advance booking to trek the mountain. Interesting activities that can be performed in Agastyakoodam include trekking, rock climbing, photography and bird watching.
Today, Agastyakoodam biospehere reserve is a top chosen destinations by ornithologists across the world. You can carry packed food for trekking. Also, there is a canteen at the base camp of Agasthyarkoodam. Which is the best time to visit this place? This is a common question heard from people. Studies say that the best time to visit this place is between the months of November and April. If you are in search of an exotic place to enjoy the flora and fauna of south India, feel free to visit this location.
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