Time Required : 2 Days (4 - 6 hours each day)
Agastyakoodam, also known as Agastya Mala Peak is the second highest peak in Kerala with an extensive height of 1868 metre. Located within the premises of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Agastyakoodam is part of the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve and boasts of surreal natural beauty. Nestled in Sahyadris of Western Ghats, the slopes of the peak are carpeted in purple hues of orchids. Home to diverse species of fauna and rare species of medicinal herbs, the region is a hotspot for avifauna and exotic birds. The spot is considered a haven for birdwatchers. Besides, since it is a protected zone, you can spot nature at its best, without any commercial interference. The colossal peak is also a major Hindu pilgrimage spot for the devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, on whose name the peak has been named. There is also a statue of him at the top where the Hindus can offer puja and prayers.
Rail: Thampanur Railway Station in Thiruvananthapuram .
Road: The road leading to Agastyarkoodam is well connected by the regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram city. Bonacaud is the last village up to which the vehicles can reach
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Approx trek time : 4-6 hours (for one day)
Base Camp : Athirmala
Days required for the trek : 2 days
Difficulty level : Medium to Difficult
Height above sea level : 1868 metres
Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
Nearest Railhead : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Region : Western Ghats
Starting point of trek : To start the trek, a forest pass needs to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden Forest department, P.T.P Nagar,Thiruvananthapuram.
Type : Hill fort
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