Vagamon Tourism

Vagamon Tourism

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Vagamon Info

  • 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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Harikrishnan Balachandran
  • Harikrishnan Balachandran
  • 1 Review

"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
  • Sreenath Shoranur
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 13 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"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
  • Suchithra Hari
  • 1 Review

"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
  • Manu augustine
  • 3 Reviews

"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
  • Arul Chris
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 2 Reviews

"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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Vamsi A
  • Vamsi A
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Extrordinary trip"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2012
Last Months I went to Vagamon with my friends We spent 3 days travelling around Vagamon and I will never forget it. We saw lots of things like the Back waters and we went to a tiger reserve. Our guide was called Krishna and he was really really nice especially when I didn’t always understand things he would explain it to me and answer all my stupid questions. Also when I got ill with a fever he was really kind and gave me medicine (and got a priest to give me a blessing in a Hindu temple we visited) and I got well again very quickly.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Elappara shopping mall

Activities & things to do: Camp fire

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: chennai to cumbum and elapara
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Prakash kumar Venugopal
  • Prakash kumar Venugopal
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Vagamon - Feel near god"

  • Posted Sep 4, 2012
Vagamon - the place for people who likes nature by its way. This unexplored
destination is situated near Kottayam in Kerala. I love this place for the peaceful & Beauty of the nature The early morning sunrise @ mottakundu was a wonder full experience which i felt near God...Its a very good place for mind relaxation from our day to day stress. I love to visit this place once again.There are some good resorts to stay in Vagoman

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Mottakundru, Peak Point, Pine forest & tea estate are some of the attractions. And an Early morining walk on the mottakundru is a pleasent experiences that
one should not miss.

Activities & things to do: An Early morining walk on the mottakundru & City visit by local transport will be a good experience. You can visit near by places like Thekady & Kuttikanam for a day.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Take train to KOTTAYAM in Kerala. & you can hire a cab to reach Vagoman
(65km aprox).The roads are average.

There are no good hotels in Vagoman city. so carry your food from the resort
itself to avoid any disappointments
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Ravi Shankar
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Vellore
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"Unspoilt hill town"

  • Posted Jan 5, 2012
Small is beautiful amply applies to Vagamon.Hill top town near 65 kms from Kottayam.Unending meadows you can walk indefinitely.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No shopping
sight seeing - Meadows
Kurisimala Ashram
Pine Forest
Small Tea estates unlike Munnar
absolutely nothing else

Activities & things to do: Not much except the resorts and their tea estate surroundings.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: 65 kms uphill on Erratupetta Road from Kottayam
2 hrs drive in Car
Roads are mostly good.
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Bijuraj P.m
  • Bijuraj P.m
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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  • 1 Review

"About Vagamon"

  • Posted Aug 19, 2011
Beautiful grass lands, pine forests, tea gardens, dead end suicide point were the paragliding starting point.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Pine forest, Vagamon meadows, suicide point, thangal para, murugan mala etc. quality tea &spices

Activities & things to do: Trekking, photography.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Avoid early morning & night drive (due to mist).nearest town Elappara, 11km from Vagamon railway station Kottayam-90 km, Kochi 90km.
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Raja Moorthy
  • Raja Moorthy
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review

"My Beautiful Vagamon visit"

  • Posted Jul 31, 2011
I am Raja from Pondicherry and I love travelling a lot in general. During July 2011, I planned to visit Vagamon in Kerala. So first few days I visited Courtallam; as the season was very good I stayed there for couple of days. Then as per my original plan I visited Vagamon. So one fine morning around 10am I started by my car from Courtallam and drove towards Punalur. One the way we stopped in Palaruvi which is the most beautiful water falls in Kerala spend some time there and continued my trip on the way I stopped in Thenmalai which is a famous ecotourism spot due to time constraint I collected all the information from the tourist information centre and continued my trip again. I crossed Punalur and stopped at Pathanamthitta to full fuel by credit card, yes it is only town where we can swipe our credit card on the way to Vagamon. Then I continued my trip to Vagamon, crossed Raani, Erumeli, Kanjirappalli, Erattupetta and atlast reached Vagamon at 4pm and I had covered 190 Kms exactly to reach the spot. Yes it is a long trip but a beautiful drive in the hills with cool breeze and mist. I found a good home stay at the heart of the town. I took rest and went round the places next day. It is really beautiful and I have never been to place like this in my life time. Especially the home stay, I felt as if I stayed at home, they gave coffee daily at 7am in the morning and medicated hot water to drink. Of course we can not get Tamil Nadu food in the afternoon but morning and night food are seems to be ok. We have to take these foods in the hotel only which are nearby home stay. The home stay room has 3 beds, one double and one singe, were husband and wife and two children can stay comfortably. The view point from the hotel is also very good and the hospitality is amazing. We have good phone connectivity (Airtel, BSNL) and also good internet connectivity if you are travelling with data card (BSNL). I stayed for two days and left the place; even on the day I left they filled all my bottles with medicated water. I left the place as if I am leaving my family. Surely I will go again with my family to stay in the same place. The places to be visited are Kuruchimala ashram and cow form, meadows walk, lake, water falls, suicide point, pine forest, small murugan temple, boating, etc. On the way back I took the route to Cumbam through Ellapara, Kattapana, Puliyamala, Cumbam mettu and Cumbam which seems to be shortest to Theni instead of going through Kumili.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The places to be visited are Kuruchimala ashram and cow form, meadows walk, lake, water falls, suicide point, pine forest, small Murugan temple, boating, etc. Of course we can not get Tamil Nadu food in the afternoon but morning and night food are seems to be ok. We can get these foods in the hotel which are nearby home stay. Not much shopping as it is only a place to relax and get refreshed.

Activities & things to do: Trekking, long walks on the meadows, boating, etc.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Warm clothes, Umbrella, better to take bubble top (water) if you are planned to stay for a long time, torch and buy some medicine available locally to protect you from leaches.
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