Location : Idukki, Kerala
Height : 1100 metres above sea level
Temperature : Between 10 and 25 degree celsius.
Importance : One of the renowned paragliding locations in Asia
to visit Vagamon : August to February ( Vagamon is most charming following the rains)
If exquisiteness, isolation, tranquility are the dreams of a well deserved vacation, then Vagamon is the right position for them. Situated in the midst of the supercilious mountains of the Western Ghats in the boundary of Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level, Vagamon is a gorgeous hill station in South India.
Known as the Scotland of Asia as well, Vagamon stayed behind out of sight till the British revealed it just about a century ago, and they used the position for tea plantations, subsequently Christian missionaries who put up here their dwelling of service. Vagamon remains chilly for the duration of most fraction of the year. Key tourist centers such as Thekkady, Peerumedu, Kulamavu are straightforwardly reachable from Vagamon.
Still undamaged by commercialization, the sluggish town in the midst of it's picturesque valleys, gorgeous green meadows, captivating pine forests, mist, fog, tea estates, waterfall with the on the whole greenery is in reality remarkable. The landscape is mostly mountainous receding with green meadows. Vagamon is as well dwelling to a large multiplicity of flowers and orchids that belong to one of the biggest family, the Orchidaceae and the forests in the region of the hills proliferate with wild animals like elephant, buffalos and many others. During March, there is an profusion of big and stunning butterflies.
Cuddled up within three striking hills Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills which are the representation of the chief religions in Kerala , i.e. Hindu, Muslim, and Christian which represent the cultural harmony. Vagamon is an idyllic position for both tranquility and exciting activity lovers. The places proffer trekking tracks carved all the way through hills, valleys, watercourses and brooks. Separately from trekking, Vagamon has amenities for paragliding, mountaineering along with rock climbing.
Vagamon is well thought-out as one of the paramount paragliding sites in Asia, and for three successive years commencing in 2006, International Paragliding Festivals are being held at Vagamon. Kolahalamedu hill positioned about 4 Kms from Vagamon endow with the perfect stage for paragliding. The hill is a division of the second highest peak South India to be precise the Amruthamedu.
Ideal for paragliding, it has a 10 km extended ridge, over 3,000 feet elevated. The spot has sturdy winds in the South West Direction all the way through the season and tenders enormous prospect for XC, cross country over and above ridge towering. The site is effortlessly reachable, with grassy launching pads.
The season initiates from September and proffers immense flying surroundings until January and once more, from March to May. The International Paragliding Festival is mutually organized by Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (ASSTA), having base in Kochi and the Department of Tourism Kerala.
Vagamon has been recognized as the most excellent eco tourism destination in India by the Tourism Department of Kerala and the support of tourism department has added an impetus in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has furthermore listed Vagamon on their directory of the '50 most attractive places to visit in India’.
Vagamon, like Munnar, is a hill station with tranquil and unspoiled surroundings right through the year which creates it a place to visit at one’s preference of time. Despite the fact that the monsoon season has its individual appeal, it is well thought-out as an off season due to the pouring rains which makes site seeing complicated.
Places to visit at Vagamon
The distinctive structure of rock positioned in the Thangal hill and is sanctified to the Muslims. Close to the configuration of rock is situated the tomb of Sheikh Fariduddin, an Afghan saint from who resided and departed this life at this point nearly 800 years back. It is thought that the gigantic rock structure was formerly a minute stone used by the saint to crush pan which grew a great deal.
For the duration of the yearly 'Urus' Festival thousands of devotees visit this position. There is as well a prehistoric cave in this charming place, and it is an audacious and awesome trek in the course of the cave. The area is reachable by jeep, but all through monsoons the jeeps may not go up to the rock cluster. For trekkers, there are highlighted white arrows showing the approach and at the apex of a tapered pathway leads to the tomb.
It is a v shaped canyon, one of the admired view points as well acknowledged as a suicide point. The outlook from the summit of the strenuous climb is amazing.
is much near to Thangal Para, and where a Murugan temple is situated which is devoted to Lord Muruga with gorgeous stone age carving.
The pine valley packed with enthralling lofty pine trees makes it a favorite mark for the lovers of nature. A walk all the way through the foggy valley is a gorgeous experience in particular throughout monsoon when dew drops gather on the pine leaves.
Kurisumala the Mountain of the Cross
One of the tourist entice in Vagamon is the Kurisumala, a sky browsing mountain with a small church the St. Sebastian's Church, on its crest. A pilgrim hub for the Christians in Kerala, it is nearly 10km away from Vagamon. Hundreds of followers from far and near ascend the hill for the period of the sacred week carrying crosses made of wood, just like in Malayattoor, a chief pilgrimage in Ernakulam district. The position which is supreme for trekking looks like a complicated terrain to climb from the ground, but there are adequate trails in the region of the steeper inclines. Kurishumala can furthermore be visited by jeep from Vagamon.
How to Reach Vagamon
By Air: Adjacent airport is Kochi International Airport (120 km), Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (267 Km).
By Rail: Adjoining railway station and nearest rail head is Kottayam at a distance of 64 kms.
By Road: It is effortlessly accessible by road from Kottayam, Palai and Kochi. Nearly two hours drive from any of these places will take one to Vagamon and there are abundance of buses that ply linking Vagamon and these places. The place is positioned 100 km from Cochin and 64 km from Kottayam.
For further information:
• Tourist Reception Centre,
District Tourist Office,
Department of Tourism, Near SBT, Kumily
Phone: 04869 -222620
• For Paragliding in Vagamon (For participating in International Paragliding Festival and Training)
Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (ASSTA)
Opposite to G Mart, Vyttila, Kochi.
Local Phone : 04822 394432, Mobile : 94472 88252
Overseas Phone : +66 81 8495662
Location : Idukki, Kerala