VAGAMON

Vagamon is located in Kottayam- Idukki border of Kerala. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C during the midday summer. Vagamon is a small plantation township in the Central Travancore, has an ever green cover with a never-ending line of lush green hills, breathtaking ravines and meandering rivulets. An ideal place situated 1200 meters above the sea level surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens. Pine forest with fresh cool air, water falls and attractive meadows invites you to vagamon. Reaching Vagamon is itself an extraordinary experience. The meandering road to Vagamon is cut in solid rock as you wind your way through green capped hills, the rolling plains come into view thousands of feet below would make you come back again and again.It is also an ideal place for long walk along the narrow, mist covered zigzag roads that wind up the hills makes one experience the true bliss. For adventure seekers, there is an option of trekking, para gliding or rock climbing, and the peaceful surroundings makes it a perfect place for being with one self. Drive through the Teekoy valley and the road from Kanjar to Vagamon gives panoramic views of Sahyadhri Mountains. For rain lovers,monsoon is the best season to be at Econest,surrounded by the mist –clad sky and the panorama of water falls cascading down the hills through the catchment areas along the grassy hillocks stretching into the forest on one side and ending at the cliff on the other,is a breath-taking never to be forgotten experience.

Historically famous religios places to visit at Vagamon :


Teekoy is a small village located on the banks of the Meenachil River and has avenues galore for the eager nature-lover to explore. This piece of land is quite extravagant with the undulating landscapes rich in flora and fauna, making it the most preferred among the trekking paths. A must see spot in Teekoy is Marmala waterfalls – the sight of water getting sprayed all around, as it sways down the narrow valleys and rocky cliffs can never go unnoticed! Renowned as trekker’s paradise, the Ayyampara and Illickan mountains offer breathtaking view of the land below. A place rich in rare medicinal herbs, Teekoy is homeland for “Neelakoduveli”- a medicinal plant renowned for its revitalizing properties. Explore the rural life as you drive along Teekoy village to Wagamon, amidst rubber plantations and great scenic beauty.

Located 3 km from Econest,Kurisumala (Mountain of the Cross) is a Christian pilgrimage centre, with 14 stations of crosses along the path leading to the church at the hilltop overlooking the surrounding mountains. According to the Syrian Christian traditon this place is known to have been visited by Saint Thomas the Apostle, is a wellknown pilgrimage centre. Thousands of devotees climb up the hill carrying wooden crosses during the Holy Week.

Thangal Hill is an important religious site near Vagamon. It is famous for the burial chamber of Sufi saint, Sheikh Fariduddin. This hill is covered with grasslands, meadows and dense pine forests.Every year thousands of people gather here for offering prayers as well as seeking blessings from the Saint. Thangalpara is 5 km drive from Wagamon and 2 km by trekking from Econest. Set against the rocky terrain, the place gives a feeling of mystical splendor and tranquility.

Steep slopes lined up with pine trees – the Pine Forest is never inferior to any of those fairy-tale settings. So intense and dense, here your privacy is reserved, where even the thinnest beam of sun light wouldn’t be an intruder! Relax, be calm and relive yourself off the stress - the ambience here is sure to keep you captivated.

Kurishumala Ashram takes its name from a mountain which is the site of a Christian pilgrimage in the Sahya Mountains of Kerala.The name combines the Portuguese ‘Cruz’ with the Dravidian word ‘Mala’mountain.It is a monastery where the way of life is adapted to Indian cultural ethos.The monastery was founded in 1956 by a Belgian Cistercian monk with the assistance of an English Benedictine monk. Here Christian monks from local and foreign countries live together as a community exploring the synthesis of Christian and Indian spirtual traditions. The highest peak at the Ashram is known as the “Resurrection Garden”, a place wholly secured for meditation.The Ashram buildings are made of rock stones,it consists of a church, community quarters with cells for monks,and a well stocked library with books on bible,Fathers of the church,Monastic Spirituality,Theology,Comparative Religion.There is a guest house with a spacious satsang hall,besides some hermitages scattered among the rocks.Ashram has a well estblished dairy farm which attracts lot of visitors.

Murugan Mala is a small hill located on the eastern side of Kurisumala. The temple of Lord Murugan was constructed using a single rock. It is also known as the Murugan Para about 2 km away from the Econest.The place attracts thousands of devotees not only from Kerala but also from different States.The process of constructing a large temple at MuruganMala based on the architectural model of lord Muruga temple at Palani is in the offing.

The rolling green meadows of Vagamon, has for long been a favorite location for shooting movie songs. Imagine the lush Green Grass Lands with cool breeze blowes around all day long and you in the middle.Its an ideal location for paragliding, adventure sports as well as locations for picnic spots. The meadows provide never ending sights of the hills all round you with no one to disturb you, but you and your self.

: It is a v-shaped canyon, one of the admired view points as well acknowledged as a suicide point. The outlook from the summit of the strenuous climb is amazing