Vagamon- a treat to the eyes!

Vagamon- a treat to the eyes!

Vagamon is a hill station located in the southern state of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate elevated at 1100 m above sea level.  This place was discovered by the British who found it suitable for tea plantations.

Vagamon- a treat to the eyes

Vagamon- a treat to the eyes

The place is still impervious to the growing commercialization, the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful lush green vegetation, enchanting pine forests, an enticing blend of mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall mesmerizing beauty is almost tranquilizing.

Fascinations-

Vegetation- Vagamon houses a whole gamut of flowers and orchids. The panoramic beauty of wide stretched meadows is extremely pleasing and soothing. This awe-inspiring natural beauty and the bliss that one experiences here is very exquisite and is the reason why visitors are pulled to this place again and again.

Because of still being untouched to the growing industrialization, Vagamon is still a lovely abode of nature where one can find immense peace.

Culture and Religion-  Embraced between three striking hills Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills, which are symbolic of the three religions in Kerala that stand as firm and together as the hills- Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Thus it represents the cultural harmony.

Adventure Sports- Vagamon has amenities for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing. The thrill and ecstasy of all these sports are hiked by the beauties and bounties of the nature that is present in and around Vagamon.

Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

Must Visit Places in Vagamon-

  • Kurisumala-  Kurisumala is a pilgrim for the stout believers of  Christianity. It witnesses a fair amount of devotees every day. Good Friday receives hundreds of devotees from far off and nearby places. People gather during the holy week and after to climb the hill carrying wooden crosses.

Kurisumala

Kurisumala

  • Muruganmala- Muruganmala, to the east of Kurisumala, is a hill that houses a rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Hundreds of devotees visit the place every year.

  • Thangal Para- At a distance of about 5 km from Vagamon, down the Elappara route, Thangal Para is located. It is a place of Islamic importance. It has a religious significance for Muslims, as it houses the shrine (Durgah) of Hazrat Sheikh Fariduddin Baba, a Sufi saint, who is believed to have migrated to Kerala from Afghanistan almost eight centuries ago. Ganjusakkar is the main offering here and a festival Uroos is celebrated in the month of April every year.

  • Kurisumala Ashram-  Kurisumala Ashram, a monastery for Christian ascetics who have been touched by Indian spiritual beliefs. Situated at the heart of Sahya mountains, which run parallel to India’s south west coast. It is a place that is sanctified by the smooth breeze, enchanting valleys and pious and serene environment.  It is a place almost custom designed for meditation, the natural ambience here is full of divinity and bliss.

  • Waterfalls-  At Vagamon there are several waterfalls bound by grassy hillocks, stretching into the forest on one side and ending at a cliff on the other. The view is panoramic. The gurgling of falling water and the aroma of fresh green vegetation make a perfect blend to tranquilize you.

  • Tea Estate- There are many tea estates in Kerala, the major ones are Pulikkanam Estate, MMJ Plantations. After taking permission from the Estate officer, one can visit these gardens and marvel at its beauty.

  • Rocky out crop- The steep rocky hill tract is almost mountainous in character. The cliff and ravine topography area is ideal for adventure activities.  The adventure enthusiasts like this place for its gliding, rope climbing, jumping and other activities. There are some caves that also promise enthralling experience.

Vagamon is a lovely place to visit. The hilly land, the enchanting waterfalls, the lush greenery that mesmerizes you; the scenic panoramic beauty, the awe-inspiring sanctity, the religious and cultural richness and the bliss of nature, Vagamon is a perfect combination of all these and much more.

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