Agasthyakoodam is nature’s ode to bird watchers. This second highest peak in Kerala has long been known as a bird watcher’s paradise and many gather here to catch sight of exotic avian species. It can be viewed from near Neyyar Dam as well as Bonacaud. Agasthyakoodam is also known for its remarkable flora and fauna, especially certain rare medicinal herbs which have been discovered here. Over 2000 species including lichens, orchids, mosses and ferns have been recorded in the area.
The peak was named after the sage Agastya and is a popular pilgrim site. A shrine dedicated to him is located here and is frequented by devotees. The air itself is said to have medicinal qualities. The peak is a 90 minute drive with Bonacaud being the last motorable spot. Trekking is restricted as only a few people are allowed to go up the peak and women are not allowed to partake in the same. One must get a forest pass from the wildlife office in Thiruvananthapuram with December to April being the recommended months.
PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram
Ph: +91 471 2360762
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, around 61 km from Bonacaud.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, around 69 km from Bonacaud.
Latitude: 8.803654, Longitude: 77.197952
Altitude: 1890 m Above sea level