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Agastya Mala Peak

Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Agastya Mala Peak Overview

Ranked 25 of 39 sightseeing in Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)
Agastya Mala Peak is located at a distance of 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram towards the Tamil Nadu -Kerala border. Locally known as Agasthyarkoodam, Agasthya Mala Hills stands at an elevation of 1,868 m. This peak which is part of the Agastya Mala Biosphere Reserve has a vast variety of fauna and flora, including medicinal plants and endangered animals and is a wonderful place for people who enjoy wild life.
Agastya Mala Peak is considered a pilgrimage centre by the devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, one of the Saptarishi's. A statue of Agastya is installed at the top of the peak.
The peak is open to trekkers from January to March. Only 100 trekking permits are issued daily which are available from the Kerala Forest Department Office in Thiruvananthapuram. The 25 km trekking route is arduous and it takes three days and two nights to cover the distance and come back to base. Camps are set up in the forest for the convenience of the trekkers.
Other than the major rivers like Karamana, Tambraparani and Neyyar that originate from here, this peak is home to numerous waterfalls.
One can also visit the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Peppara Dam.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Anup Viswanathan thampi5.0/5

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The Agasthya hills are protected by forest department as it is considered as one of the most purest places with herbal and most distinctive species of birds, animals and plants. The main advice to all the people is don't carry plastic or litter and not to carry liquors and alcohols as I have seen some people doing so. Agasthya hills is the soul and heart of pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya. Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve is among 20 new sites added by UNESCO to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves in March 2016. So please value it and give prior importance to it. Carry only things that are essential and if I were to pick out the most important things I would go for1. Heavy clothing (to prevent yourself freezing in the night due to cold when you reach base)2. Enough battery power to take photos3. A trekking shoe or good sandals as slippers could break (mine broke)4. A torch if in the most unlucky times you might have to cross the forest in darkness (which we did as my slippers broke off and my left foot got a cut from rocks which made us lag by 1 hour)5. Carry light because on the 2nd day you will feel the weight of even the lightest feather. Enjoy the waterfalls, enjoy the sounds of nature, enjoy the heat while crossing grasslands, enjoy the experience as a whole and never start to go down from base after 2 nor should you try to attempt stunts. And anyone planning you have to book in the month of Jan/Feb.

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