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Agasthyakoodam Peak in Thiruvanantapuram

Agasthyakoodam Peak in Thiruvananthapuram, 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, credited to sprawling wildlife and lush forests. The natural beauty and mythological connection make this peak one of the best tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram.

It is located within the premises of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and is also known as Agastya Mala Peak. According to legends, the great sage Agasthya Rishi resided here. So on whose name, this peak got its name, and Hindus can offer prayer there. A temple is also located here, dedicated to Agasthya Rishi and visited by devotees.

Flora and Fauna of Agasthyakoodam Peak

This peak has a rich wildlife and boasts evergreen forest and grasslands, making it more enticing. You will also find around 2000 varieties of medicinal plants, herbs, and colorful orchids profusely at the foothill. The lower elevation of this peak is dotted with a tea garden that is a treat for your eyes. The surrounding air freshening and trekking to this point are considered healthy thanks to the medicinal herbs.

The forest around the peak is home to 43 species of mammals, including tiger, sambar, sloth bear, Nilgiri langur, barking deer, and leopard. Apart from that, reptile species can also be spotted in this forest area. 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 easily be reached by foot from Kotor.

How to Reach Agasthyakoodam Peak

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the nearest base camp, located around 50 km from this peak. Bonacaud is the last motorable road and starting point of trekking for this peak. You can reach this point by taking a bus or driving from Trivandrum.

Best Time to Visit Agasthyakoodam Peak

The best time to visit Agasthyakoodam is between January and April. During this time, the weather is pleasant and considerable for enjoying trekking on this peak. However, women need special permission if they intend to trek to this peak, as they are not allowed here. Every traveler must first obtain a forest pass from the Wildlife Office in Thiruvananthapuram.

Tips for Agasthyakoodam Peak

  • It is necessary to carry your essential IDs while going for this peak.
  • Do not forget to pack your raincoat, wear trekking shoes, and some extra clothes.
  • Carry your dry foods and enough drinking water for the trek.  
  • Book your stay and food at Athirumala Camp in advance to make your experience easy-going.
  • Do not make any loud noise as it might disturb the animals.
  • It is better to keep an extra pair of shoes while trekking.
  • It is recommended to enjoy trekking during the daytime in the abundance of light.

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