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Agasthyakoodam, Thiruvananthapuram

Photo by: Krishnendu Sarma

Agasthyarkoodam (Malayalamഅഗസ്ത്യകൂടം) (Tamilஅகத்தியமலை அல்லது அகத்தியக் கூடம்) is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft)-tall peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of South India. The peak lies in the border ofThiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. This peak is a part of the 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 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.

Trekking routes

The peak of Agasthyarkoodam can be reached only by trekking up to it. Trekking is allowed based on strict guidelines and is open to pilgrims during January to mid-March. Trekking passes are issued by Kerala Forest Department from the district office at Trivandrum. The trekking route starts from Bonacaud. The route "Neyyar-Agasthyakoodam" is not open to the public.

Geography


Agasthyarkoodam is 32 km from Neyyar Dam and 23 km from Bonacaud, near Ponmudi. The major city and airport nearest to Agasthyarkoodam is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and its Trivandrum International Airport, around 61 km away. The nearest railway station is AmbasamudramTirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The trekking path, nearly 35 km, is from Bonacaud.
Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is part of the Agasthyarkoodam range. Part of the peak can be seen from the Upper Kodayar region.

Photo by: Krishnendu Sarma | Article : Wikipedia 

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http://orumalayaliblogan.blogspot.in/2008/03/blog-post_14.html

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for showing interest in my photos .. It was a great place ...
    Amazing feel.. Wonderful landscapes and extreme wilderness ..... Lovely atmosphere .. words could not describe what we felt there ...
    So go enjoy and feel the change ...

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