Vagamon Tourism

Vagamon Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Vagamon is a hill station situated in Kerala near the border of Kotayyam-Iduki. Vagamon is surrounded by a sequence of three quaint hills, namely Murugan Hill, Kurisumala Hill and Thangal Hill.

History of Vagamon

Discovered by the British, who found the region ideal for tea plantations, Vagamon is also known as the ‘Scotland of Asia’. Later on Christian missionaries came and made Kurisumala ‘mountain of the holy cross’, in Vagamon, their spiritual abode.

People & Culture of Vagamon

The three hills of Vagamon have made this place so popular, that it is now a sacred place to three distinguished religious beliefs - Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Kurisumala Hill is a popular hill station and is a spiritual centre for the Nazrani Catholics. The nearby Kurisumula Ashram is a home of religious bliss. This hill contains 12 sub heaps which are the actual places of worship.

Things to do in Vagamon

Vagamon offers all kinds of activities from pilgrimage, natural beauty and premium holiday resorts. Many types of flora and fauna in varied colours and species can be located easily in this hilly region. While long grasses and shrubs are present in lower altitudes, the higher altitudes have evergreen trees.

Apart from natural trails in the hills of Vagamon, wild buffaloes, rare species of birds, insects and big elephants can also be located in the forests. Vagamon is also a favourite spot of adventure seekers and offers trekking, rock climbing, paragliding and other adventurous activities. Vagamon packages provide travellers several options to choose from according to their taste and budget.

Kurisumala Hill is home to the famous Indo-Swiss Dairy farm project. The place is completely enclosed with tea estates and lakes. Thangal Hill is the burial chamber of Sheikh Fariduddin and Murugan Hill is devoted to Hindu God Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva. The third, Kurisumala Hill has a Kurisumala Ashram, which is a religious residence that links to both Hindu and Christian faith.

Pine forests, grasslands, meadows and even a popular suicide point at Thangal Hill, adds to the natural beauty of Vagamon. Travelling through the main road in this division is an exciting experience with deep valleys and splendid sites throughout.

Travelling to Vagamon

Vagamon is well connected and easily accessible by road from Kottayam and Cochin. It is around 100 km from Cochin and Trivandrum, the state capital. The nearest railway station to reach Vagamon is approximately 64 km away in Kottayam.

Accommodation options in Vagamon

Being a hill station, hotels in Vagamon are slightly crowded in summer and it is better to make bookings in advance if visiting during this time. The region caters to all types of budgets and has accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts. Most of the budget options are situated at an optimal distance from the waterfalls and other attractions. There are also suitable accommodation options for trekkers in the surrounding areas.

During December-January, Vagamon exhibits a pleasant mood of nature, mist that can be touched, raindrops, gentle breeze and the golden hue. The place has a pleasant climate and has temperature of 10-230C in summer even in midday.
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Vagamon Traveller Reviews

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Joji  Joseph

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  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
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  • 53 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
  •  5667 readers

"Amazing Vagamon with Meadows, zigzag roads, tea plantations and hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Vagamon is a perfect hideaway from the concrete jungle and we planned our trip just to feel the real beauty of the nature. The drive through the zigzag road was really astounding. The boundless thriving green hills, breathtaking narrow valley and winding streams all makes it a perfect tourist place. On reaching Vagamon the attractions like Thangal Para, the Indo-Swiss Project and Kurisumala Ashram were places we visited. . The sequence of 3 beautiful hills called Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurisumala gave an wonderful feel. The drive along the road inside the tea garden and the adventurous drive to Thangal Para gave a treasured experience.
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Afthab K a

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  • 7 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  6407 readers

"Best place to hangout and have fun"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Best place to visit and have fun with friends. I suggest you people to visit Vagamon. It's an awesome place and the best service at Royal Hotel which I can tell and suggest each and everyone. We enjoyed the trip. It was very awesome. We got a good experience from this place.
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Jaimon varghese Varghese

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  • Jaimon varghese Varghese
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1092 readers

"Most relaxing place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2015
I went with my friends. There was lot of mountains and pine forest trees. We can go there and relax. That's a very romantic area. There we get fresh carrots from there farm. The expenses is very lower compared to other places in Kottayam.
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Aravind Mc

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  • Aravind Mc
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"A good place to relax"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2015
Must visit spot would be the suicide point for its serene location awesome scene and more importantly there is PARAGLIDING its season on so visit during the end of feb. When the wind is really good you would have to register for paragliding before you go in an online registration web page fly vagamon. Only place to have food would be homely food near pine valley. Pine valley is the best place to trek. No matter what the weather is its always cool inside. Stay at vagamon heights is recommended but winter wale is also good.
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Anoob Cr

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  • Anoob Cr
  • Lives in Cherthala
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"An awesome road trip to vagamon with friends"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2015
Vagamon is a good place to visit which is both ideal for couples and groups. The main attraction of vagamon is small grass covered hills and misty climate. This place is so romantic and has good scenic beauty. There are places for adventurous tourists near by. Parunthumpara, Kuttikkanam and thangal para are apt for trekking. There are some really nice home made food food available at this place. During December the temperature will be below 10 degree. So the travelers should keep a sweat shirt with them. Overall its a very nice place
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Harikrishnan Balachandran

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  • Harikrishnan Balachandran
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"Wonderful Place in the western ghats"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2014
It is a nice place to go with family. The place has got many hills. On reaching there, I got a chance to engage in Para Gliding. For me it was a first time experience. I will be visiting this place again. The place is located in Idukki, one of the hilly districts of Kerala. Idukki has got many other tourist spots such as Munnar, Tekkady etc. Parts of Western Ghats which was listed in the World Heritage zone lies in Idukki district. Wagamon is also a part of Western Ghats. There is also a pine valley in Wagamon.
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Sreenath Shoranur

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  • Sreenath Shoranur
  • Lives in Shoranur
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"Misty heaven"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2014
I went there with my brothers. Our trip was one of the best I ever had in my life. Serene air, mist, greenery, fresh water altogether made it a fabulous one. In August the rain will be so-so. It is better to take umbrella, protective gear for your camera, shoes, and there will be leaches too. So prepare for that. Must visit places are. Meadows, Pine valleys, suicide point, kurishu mala, thangalkunnu, murugan kunnu, etc. In a nutshell it was a splendid trip to Vagamon and hope to visit there again in the future.
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Suchithra Hari

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"The land of versatile nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 9, 2014
Vagamon is one of the most beautiful places in god's own country Kerala. It is a land for all seasons. meadows, pine forests, rocky mountains, suicide points, tea estates etc., are the main attractions of this beautiful land. Vagamon, the land of all seasons, is in idukki district of kerala.
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Manu augustine

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"Had a great time"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 1, 2014
My overall experience at Vagamon was really good. I had a great time. I enjoyed a lot there. It was a great experience. The tea plantations, the breeze , the hills , pine valley, everything is no nice; and don't forget to pay a visit to the farm lands either. The natives are friendly too and you won't have any problems there as they are willing to help you anytime.
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Arul Chris

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  • Arul Chris
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"Nature at its best"

  • Posted Aug 30, 2013
Vagamon is a hill station located in Idukki-Kottayam border in the state of Kerala. Its not known to many people like other hill stations and less frequented by tourists. This adds to the beauty of Vagamon. I am sure you will lose your heart to Vagamon during the visit. Vagamon is also called 'The Scotland of Asia' and you will cherish this trip throughout your life. We enjoyed the cool climate, the drive to Vagamon, numerous tiny waterfalls on the way and the non-stop rain which added to its loveliness. In the month of June, we as a couple visited the place and the monsoon season enhanced the magnificence of this town. We loved Vagamon for the mists, rain showers, pine forests, waterfalls, scenic valleys and green meadows.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Travelling to Vagamon itself is a splendid experience with a treat to eyes in the form of green valleys divided by numerous water falls. We stopped in few places on the way, mesmerised by the beauty of valleys covered with mists.
Kurusimala (Mountain of the Holy Cross) is one of the attractions in Vagamon and a 'must see' place for its location and trekking experience.
Rolling Meadows of Vagamon is another enchanting beauty of this place. We spent few hours in the green meadows and enjoyed the intermittent showers of rain.
On the way to Pine forests, there is a small restaurant which serves typical kerala food. We stopped here for lunch. The food served was hot and tasty and you just can't stop eating. Don't miss the fish fry which is too delicious.
The Pine forests are amazing and the huge, tall pine trees in the misty climate makes you enjoy the nature's beauty in God's own country. There are few shops on the way to Pine forests. We didn't think of shopping as we were captivated by cool mountain air and peaceful environment with no pollution (especially for city dwellers like us).

Activities & things to do: Vagamon is best for trekking lovers. Forget your worries in life and enjoy the leisure walking, boating and climbing hills. We took lots of photographs to cherish the memories of this beautiful land in future.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The route we took to reach Vagamon is through Kottayam. We reached Kottayam by train and we stayed in Hotel Day Springs, Kottayam which is very well maintained and reasonably priced. We booked a taxi to reach Vagamon (Distance: 65-70km). The road to Vagamon is currently under extension work because of which the roads are blocked between 10am and 3pm. The best day to visit is on a Sunday. Make sure that you are prepared for the cool climate and sudden blessings of rain.
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