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Agasthyakoodam

Agasthyakoodam, the second largest peak of Kerala lies in the Sahyadri Mountain Range of Western Ghats. The peak has a height of 1890 meters above sea level and has turned into a trekker’s paradise, credits to sprawling wildlife and lush forests. Rare medicinal plants and herbs along with colorful orchids are profusely scattered around the hill. Thanks to the medicinal herbs, the air of the surrounding is freshening and trekking to this particular point is considered healthy. Not just wildlife, the area also happens to be a treasure for bird-lovers. The hill is located near Neyyar Dam and Bonakkad and can be easily be reached by foot from Kotoor.

It is believed the great sage Agasthya Rishi resided here. Women need special permission if they are intending to trek to this peak, as they are not allowed here. In fact every traveler must first obtain forest pass form the Wildlife Office in Thiruvananthapuram. Best time to visit Agasthyakoodam is between December and April.