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Agasthyakoodam

Agasthyakoodam is a famous mountain peak in the Trivandrum district in Kerala. This is the second highest mountain peak in Kerala after Anamudi. According to the myth, It is believed that the sage Agasthya lived in this mountains, who was considered as master in Ayurveda and Yoga. This biodiversity area consists of several tropical plants and animals. There are several medicinal herbs in this area. Several exotic orchids can be seen here.

It is believed that about 2000 medicinal plants and species of orchids are here. Wildlife in Agasthyamala includes rare species like pigmy elephants, flying snakes, flying squirrels, lion-tailed macaque, white-breasted water hen etc. Agasthyarkoodam has several rare species of birds also. The Agasthya Vanam Biological Park has been set up here in 1992 for the study and research of nature. A life-size sculpture of sage Agasthya can be seen here.

A few numbers of tribal people are living in this forest. They know the uses of some of these medicinal plants. A plant named Arogyappacha is used for eternal health by them. Permission from the Forest Department is needed to enter Agasthyamalai. Two days will be the minimum duration of the trekking.

The peak of Agasthyakoodam can be reached by trekking only. The Agastyakoodam peak can be easily accessed from Bonakkad which is about 61 km away from the city of Thiruvananthapuram. You can also reach Agasthyakoodam from the Neyyar Dam which is about 32 Km away. Agasthyakoodam is excellent for trekking during the months of December to April.

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