South India - Tourist Attractions - Agasthyakoodam Neyyar - Kerala
Kerala’s second highest peak, the Agasthyakodam Neyyar, is 1868 meters in height and is located at Trivandrum between the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Agasthyarkoodam in Malayalam and Pothigai Malai in Tamil.
Specialty of Agasthyakoodam
The Agasthyakoodam hill is a paradise for bird watchers as they are more likely to spot exotic varieties of wild birds. This hill is situated far away from human settlements and that makes it one of the best pristine forest in Kerala. The peak was named after the Sage Agasthya and is a pilgrim spot too as there is a shrine dedicated to the Sage.
The sir in the mountain itself proves to be of medicinal property and certain rare medicinal herbs have been discovered in this mountain. The mountain is famed for its rich variety of flora and fauna found there. Trekking the hill is an amazing experience as the air is filled with the smell of the medicinal herbs growing there and gives a refreshing feel after the trek.
Neyyar Dam, Agasthiyar falls and Lord Thirukuttralanathar temple.
Best time to visit
December to April is recommended as the best time to visit the place.
Ways to reach
By air : The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport which is at a distance of 69 kilometers.
By train : The nearest railway station is the Thiruvananthapuram Central which is at a distance of 61 kilometers.
By road : Bus services are provided from all over the State to Bonacaud and one can also hire a taxi to reach the place. Trekking is also an option for most people who like to enjoy nature’s trail.