Agastya Mala, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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The Pothigai Hills, also known as the Agasthiyar Malai are in the Ashambu Hills in the southern part of the Western Ghats of South India. Ancient tradition holds the mountains of Pothigai to be where the sage Agastya (Akattiyan) provided the first grammar for the Tamil language. This grammar was further fine tuned by one of his disciples in the Tolkāppiyam.These hills contain areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. The hills contain outstanding examples of ecosystems and communities of plants and animals representing significant ecological and biological processes. The area contains important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including forests containing threatened species of outstanding value to science and conservation.GeographyThe western slope is located in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala state, eastern slope of Pothigai hills is in the Tirunelveli District, southern slope is located in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. At 1,866 meters, it is the highest peak in the rugged Ashambu hills, which have one of the richest concentrations of biodiversity in the Western Ghats. The area is known for its spectacular views, beautiful forests and waterfalls, ancient temples, and the river Tamirabarani, the lifeline of the region.
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  • Named after Vedic sage Agastya, the range of mountains are a treasure house of herbs and plants. Kerala tourism organizes a 2-day hike during season. The Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is near.  more »
  • To agasthyamala biological park inside neyyar wildlife sanctuary Deep in forest 16km lies meenmutty with falls Good place couldnt spot ny wildlife We were in base of agasthyakoodam which can be trekke...  more »
  • One of the most precious place with herbal and most distinctive species of birds, animals and plants. Agasthya hills are the soul and heart of pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya....  more »
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  • only 10 people are allowed for trekking per day during off season . 100 people are allowed for trekking per day during season. toughest trek route in kerala Agasthyarkoodam peak is a 1868 meters high mountain The forests around this peak are abundant in rare medicinal plants. It has one of the richest biodiversity in the entire Western Ghats mountains. this 3 days trek is 19 kilometers on one side and that means you will have to walk 38 kilometers both sides. The last 5 kilometers is very steep climb and there are ropes for support. This trek passes through moist deciduous forests, semi ever green forests, grass lands, dense ever green forests, water falls and rock formations. Agasthyarkoodam is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agasthya at the top of the peak. devotees offer pujas here.
  • Beautiful and adventures place once cold see in their lifetimes...
  • great place to nurture and enjoy the love of nature helps to get out of the conjusted city and enjoy the peace offered by nature.Must visit.
  • Its a well maintained biological park under unesco. Superb experience and is a must visit place for nature lovers
  • Great spiritual atmosphere and excellent trucking experience.

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