Agastyarkoodam Peak is a spectacular peak in the Western Ghats that rises to a majestic height of about 1890 m in the form of a sharp cone. Agasthyarkoodam is part of the Sahyadri mountains and forms the second highest peak in Kerala.
A bird watcher’s paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam and also from Bonacaud.
Teeming with wild life Agathyarkoodam is a haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants and the slopes offer a breathtaking sight when they transform into colorful glades of the ‘Neelakurinji‘ a flower, which blooms only once in twelve years The Agasthya forest believed to have been the abode of sage Agasthya, a character from mythology. Hence, the aborigines dislike the presence of strange women on the hill. Women are not allowed up the peak.
The season from December to April is advocated for trekking, for which a forest pass has to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, Thiruvananthapuram.
- Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central, about 61km from Bonocaud.
- Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 69 km from Bonocaud.