If nature has been calling you for a trip to Kerala, Agasthyarkoodam is the place that is to be added to the bucket list of your travel. Known as the second largest peak located in Kerala Trivandrum, this destination stands at an altitude of 1,890 meters which offers the tourists with muddy trails for trekking. The unrefined forest region is far from human settlements from where the travelers get to see the pristine mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. A Kerala tour to this destination opens the gateway to Agasthya Hills at Bonacaud. The base station to the hills, Bonacaud was once under the control of British who had innumerable plantation sites here. Hence even now, the tourists get to capture beautiful sights of agriculture here which included medicinal plants and herbs. Other than from Bonacad, the travelers can also trek up to the top of the hills from Kotoor.
When trekking from Bonacaud, the travelers can also site other tourist destinations like Bona falls which is a waterfall located in the vicinity. By foot, the travellers have to trek 6 kilometers and in case of travelling by vehicle; they can park their vehicles close to the falls and walk 2 kilometers to reach the flawless falls. Vazhvanthol waterfalls is also located close by which is on the way to Bonacaud. Since long hours of trekking makes the people tired, they choose to visit one waterfall located at this destination. When choosing the route of Kotoor, the travelers start from the Neyyar Dam where they can also take boat rides through the lake that goes through the Neyyar Wildlife sanctuary.
Neyyar wildlife sanctuary and Peppara wildlife sanctuary is located on the premises of the hills due to which there are chances of sighting various species of animals and birds. Plenty of tourists reach the sanctuary for wildlife expedition to this sanctuary in Kerala during holiday seasons but are often not aware of Agasthya Hills. As there are no human settlements in the region, the place is inhabited by the animals. More than 60 species of birds reside in the location which in turn makes it an ideal destination for bird watching in Kerala. Animal enthusiasts, as well as explorers who visit Trivandrum on Kerala holiday packages, get to explore the destinations like Ponmudi and both the wildlife sanctuaries in a span of days along with Agasthyarkoodam. In order to reach the top of the hills, the travelers have to tent in various destinations as it takes around 2-3 days to successfully complete the journey. The location is also one place among the very few forest regions in Kerala where the authorities allow night stay.
A myth that is heard about the Agasthya hills is that the air of this destination is considered to possess healing properties.
No research or further reasoning has been made regarding it due to which it still remains a belief. Except during the rituals period of Kani tribes which extends for 51 days, tourists including women can tour to the hills from the month of December to April which is the official trekking period. From the month of January to March, pilgrimage trekkers are only allowed to trek here and women are not allowed to the region. Online bookings take place for each day where only 100 people are allowed to climb the hill per day. A lot of travelers wait for this period of time in order to set a pilgrim trek to the hills. Permission is to be taken from the check post under the forest department. Out of all the 25 peaks located in the Ashambu Hills, most of the travelers prefer the Agasthyarkoodam due to these sights that become beautiful post the monsoon season where greenery carpets the whole destination.