Vagamon, nestled in the laps of the Western Ghats, is an enticing hill station of Idduki in Kerala. The vista of mist-clad pinnacles of the blue-brown hills, the rocky terrain clad in lush green vegetation and the wild multi-colored blossoms that sway in the breeze will surely take away your breath. Inhale the fresh air coupled with the heady aroma of spices from the nearby plantations. While you ascend the stony serpentine paths leading towards the hills you will feel a slight shiver as the cool breeze caresses you and drifts away. The hill station of Vagamon, encircled by a string of thee hills Kurisumala, Murugan Hill and Thangal Hill, is a placid place with inexplicable beauty and offers all sort of activities from pilgrimage to nature trails and deluxe resorts. Vagamon hill station is also the site of great religious and spiritual activities.
The Vagamon Hills is located at a height of 1,100 meters above the sea level. It lies in the district Idukki, about 151 km south-east of Kochi, 60 kilometers from Kottayam and 100 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Flowering plants of various colors and species are found in this hilly region. Thorny shrubs and long grasses grow in the lower altitudes while evergreen trees are found in the higher altitudes of Vagamon hill station. While you indulge in the nature trails in the woods of Vagamon, you get to see the untamed buffaloes, strange- looking birds and insects and huge elephants bathing and lounging in the small waterbodies.
The slopes of the Hills of Vagamon are not very steep and hence it facilitates adventurous sports like trekking, rock climbing, paragliding and other exciting activities. The favorable trekking paths are the favorite haunts of the trekkers. This place also offers various activities related to spiritualism. You can meditate peacefully amidst nature and feel the serenity of this blissful place slowly casting a divine spell upon you.
Vagamon is a place of three successive ( paras ) hills which have interesting things to offer besides mountaineering and trekking. Thangal Hill or Thangalpara is located 5 kms from Vagamon. It is said that the Mausoleum of Sheik Fariduddin was found atop this Hill and since then it has become a site of Muslim pilgrimage. You will also be amazed to see the remarkable rock formations of different size and shapes. You can also visit the Indo-Swiss project.
Kurisumala hill is also situated 10 kms from Vagamon and lies close to Thangalpara. This hill houses the Kurisumala Ashram, a cloister for Christian monks who have Indian as well as Christian beliefs. It was founded by a Belgian Cistercian Abbot Francis Acharya and reflects solitary bliss. The Dairy farm in Kurisumala is a must-see.This hill also has 14 Crosses that are positioned at regular intervals and there is also the St Thomas Mount, a centenary memorial.
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