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“Magnificent show of nature”
Review of Agastya Mala

Agastya Mala
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

If you want to spend 3 days away from all hustles of modern life and be in touch with nature, take a permission from Forest department office at P.T.P. Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram to visit Agasthya mala. You have to pay a fee to get permission. You have to travel upto Bonakkad estate. There is a Kerala State Transport bus which starts from Trivandrum to Bonakkad, which leaves by 5.30 am. Distance from Trivandrum is around 50 km. You have to report at the forest department office at Bonacaud before 9 am they will provide you guides.
You have walk one day through to reach the base station in valley near Agasthya mala by evening. On the way you can enjoy the beauty of the forest. There are dozens of streams and half a dozen waterfalls on the way to the base camp, where you can take a refreshing bath. Be aware of the surroundings and be careful not to be taken by surprise by the elephants. The base camp is surrounded by trenches to protect you from wild animals in the night. Agstyamala is a pilgrimage spot also. In the season starting from November, you will be served with food in the base camp is you pay.
Next day morning you can start climbing the peak of Agasthya Mala. The rocky peak is full of rare and beautiful medicinal plants. The scenic beauty of Agasthya Mala will definitely a feast for your eyes. On the top of the peak, most of the time there will be strong wind and the view of clouds passing near you is enchanting.
Descend by evening and you can take rest in the base camp in the second night. Next day again walk back through the same route to reach Bonacaud. Return journey will take less time, as you are walking down the hills.
You will remember this trip ever in your life

31  Thank drjpkp
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Agasthya malai is near the southern end of western ghats. It is a trekking destination moderately tough to reach. It is situated in the dense forests of the western ghats and close to the Peppara dam reservoir. Trekking is a 3 day program and need to take permission paying a fee from the forest department. The destination is also considered as a pilgrimage destination. trekking is allowed through a usual route and you will be provided with guides. First day you have to walk and reach the base camp at the bottom of the Agasthyamalai. You can sleep at the base camp and next day morning you can start climbing the peak. return by the evening. Return trip can be made on the third day morning. Chances to see the elephants and other wild animals depend on the season and time of your travel. There are a number of waterfalls and picturesque spots on the way.

10  Thank drjpkp
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Nothing less than thrilling ... Have been to Himalayas etc but the last part of the trek was just awsome ... Loved the nature with early morning fog ... a must visit for any trekkers

10  Thank akamath87
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Agasthyarkoodam (Malayalam: അഗസ്ത്യകൂടം Tamil: அகத்தியர் மலை) (also known as Agathiyar Malai or Agasthyakoodam) is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft) tall peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of South India. The mountain lies in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. This peak is a part of Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve which lies on the border between the Indian states of Kerala (in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram district) and Tamil Nadu (in Kanyakumari district, Tirunelveli district). The perennial Thamirabarani River originates from the eastern side of the range and flows into the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
Agasthyarkoodam is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas.The shrine was installed under the auspices of the Chenkottukonam Madathipathi Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Thiruvadikal who entered the forests with the right wing Hindu Aikya Vedi activists and his followers including those from the Kani Tribe desecrated a cross erected by Christians.[1] The Tamil language is considered to be a boon from Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agathiyar at the top of the peak and the devotees can offer pujas themselves. The crocodile park in Kerala is name Agasthya Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre. Agastyar koodam is the capital of ayi dynastyits older names pothiyan

22  Thank Jayapal V
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Once in a Year (February -March), Kerala Forest divison allowed you to visit this Agastyamala. Previous booking from Trivandrum Forest division ofiice. (Rs.500/- Per head). A group of 10 Members
getting a permit. 3 Days Trekking programme, each group with a guidence of Forest guard. From Bonakkad forest check post The trekking is starting after a checkpost checking. You are not allowed to carry Hot drinks, cigrette etc. Strictly plastic prohibited area. After a day treck you are reaching at adivaram. where forest division arrange eco friendly accommodtion, and food. after the light dinner overnight stay. Early Morning again trekking towards the highest peak. Reaching at agastyamala. In between you can enjoy a waterfalls bath. Afternoon getting down, and before evening you have to reach at adivaram. Night stay at Adivaram camp. (You must reach this camp before sunset). en route
way is surrounded by wild animals. Next day Monring back to Bonekkad checkpost where you vehicle is waiting. 3 days in pure nature , 3 days you are in a herbal world makes you healthy, and you feel the changes.

32  Thank keralamguide
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