Vagamon Tourism

Vagamon Tourism

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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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Arul Chris
  • Arul Chris
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Nature at its best"

  • Posted 8 months ago
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....... More
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Vamsi A
  • Vamsi A
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Extrordinary trip"

  • Posted 1 year ago
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....... More
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Prakash kumar Venugopal
  • Prakash kumar Venugopal
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Vagamon - Feel near god"

  • Posted 2 years ago
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....... More
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Ravi Shankar
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Vellore
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  • 11 Reviews

"Unspoilt hill town"

  • Posted 2 years ago
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....... More
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Bijuraj P.m
  • Bijuraj P.m
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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  • 1 Review

"About Vagamon"

  • Posted 3 years ago
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....... More
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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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