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Vagamon in Kerala
Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on July 1, 2020 Share on

A handy guide to Vagamon

Nestled away in the state of Kerala is the mystical hills known as Vagamon. It is a place where you’ll get lost just by looking at nature’s beauty. Located approximately 1100 feet above sea level, Vagamon lies between Idduki and Kottayam and has many amazing places to visit. Once a recreational place to the Britishers, the hills are filled with tea and coffee plantations. This naturally wonderful place has managed to get its name under the “50 most attractive places to visit in India”. Home to green land filled with special orchids, pine forests, waterfalls and meadows, the hills gives you a wonderful opportunity to connect with mother nature. The place is also famous for three other hills that are located in and around Vagamon. They are the – Thangal Para, Muruganmala and Kurisumala.

Meadows in Vagamon
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Best time to visit Vagamon

Summer

The summers in Vagamon are generally from the month of March to May. Though it’s summer, the place rarely experiences scorching heat. Being a calming and chilling spot, Vagamon is the perfect place to escape your summer. The highest temperature experienced by Vagamon during summer is 23-degree Celsius, so just imagine.

Monsoon

Though constant rain can ruin your place for the day while vacationing, its not the case at Vagamon. The hills enjoy good monsoon season between the months of June to August. Watching the hills getting bathed in rain is a great sight to sore eyes. The beautiful green landscape only gets greener and prettier to look at.

Winter

The most ideal time to visit Vagamon would be in the months of December to February when the hills experience winter. Covered by mist, the hills look surreal and it is something nobody would want to miss. The temperature here goes down below zero at times, so if you are looking for a cold region for your vacation, this is it. Be sure to carry weather appropriate clothes while visiting during winter.

Getting to Vagamon

By Road

The most convenient way to reach Vagamon would be on a road trip. Located close to Kochi, up in the hills, the only way would be to drive around by road. Not just reaching Vagamon, but also to explore around the city, a car would be an ideal choice. If you don’t own a private vehicle, you can simply hire one upon your arrival into Kochi.

By Train

Trains are well connected from different parts of the state and country to Vagamon. If you are choosing to travel by train, we suggest you book your tickets to Kottayam. Kottayam is the closest station to Vagamon, which is approximately 64kms away. However, from the station, you will have to travel to Vagamon and in and around it by road only.

By Air

If you are planning to travel from Northern parts of India, we suggest you o take a flight. The flight will be the easiest and less time-consuming option, so you could enjoy your vacation without spending too many days just on travel. Book your flights to Kochi International Airport and then reach the chill hill Vagamon by hiring a cab.

Best places to visit in Vagamon

1. Pine Forest

Pine forest
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For all those people who love nature, head to the pine forest in Vagamon. This pine forest is entirely man-made and is one of the most loved spots by the filmmakers. An enchanting forest overlooking the beautiful valley is surely a breathtaking view.

2. Vagamon Lake

Vagamon has its own charming lake surrounded by small yet cute villages amidst the green. Though not huge in size, the lake is in fair shape and attracts a good amount of tourists for like boating and chilling scenes.

3. Marmala Waterfalls

Waterfall
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Situated along the Erattupetta route is one of the must-visit places in Vagamon. A 131-foot waterfall called the Marmal Waterfall, tucked between the green forest is a mesmerizing spot to visit. Located inside a private area, the waterfall was an obscure spot for quite sometime before it was open to the public.

4. Thangal Para

A pilgrim spot of Vagamon, where Sufi Saint sat on a rock still exists. Though told as a spiritual spot by many, the place provides an excellent view for all those visiting Thangal Para.

5. Barren Hills

Though it sounds like any other name, Barren Hills is actually very unique. The place provides you with different sceneries throughout the year based on the season. Turning dark green during the monsoon, the place goes turns into golden meadow during the summer. If you want to experience all four seasons and feel magical, this is the place for it.

6. Mundakayam Ghat

Mundakayam Ghat is yet another place famous for spectacular sceneries throughout the year. The place has a mix of chill breeze, green hills, grey sky covered with mist and gushing sounds from a nearby waterfall. This place will surely make you feel surreal. The ghats are one of the most popular places to view the sunset and sunrise by the locals.

7. Idduki Dam

Idukki Dam
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The construction of Idduki dam is considered to be a geometric marvel. A 2 hours drive from Vagamon, is this stunning dam, that will leave your jaws awestruck. The view from the dam also lets you see the uncut flowing waters of Periyar River. So go on and click some pictures and make your time worthwhile.

Things to do in Vagamon

  1. Go paragliding and enjoy the finest view you could ever find in the south of India. Let yourself free by flying in the cold mist surrounding the green hills.
  2. The Vagamon lake is a stunning place to spend your noon boating and enjoy the soothing environment.
  3. Vagamon is a beautiful place to go on trekking or hiking. Give your body an exercise while your mind bonds with nature.

Tip

  • Always check the weather before visiting.
  • Carry weather-appropriate clothes.
  • Be sure to carry an extra set of clothes, it never hurts to be on the safer side.
  • Carry eco-friendly bags along, you’ll never know when it might come handy.

Now, you have known all about one of the best hills stations of South India, Vagamon. It’s about time you start planning your every own vacation to Vagamon with Pickyourtrail. Get the amazing packages to Kerala with Pickyourtrail and start your journey.

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