About Vagamon

Country: India | State: Kerala

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Vagamon: Kochi (103 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Vagamon: October to May

Peak Season: October to November & February to May

At a distance of 45 km from Thekkady, 58 km from Idukki, 76 km from Kumarakom, 64 km from Kottayam, 92 km from Munnar, 99 km from Alleppey, 103 km from Kochi, 181 km from Madurai, and 196 km from Trivandrum, Vagamon, or Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages.

Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill, and Kurisumala at the foothills of Western Ghats. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations, and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the '50 most attractive places to visit in India'.

Vagamon is comprised of a beautiful series of hillocks, valleys, and cascading waterfalls that make it the ideal getaway for tourists. Pine forests, grasslands, meadows, vast tea estates, and even a popular suicide point, add to the natural beauty of Vagamon. Pine Forests, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Marmala Waterfalls, Karikdu Viewpoint, and Illikkal Kallu are some of the top Vagamon tourist places. Vagamon is also famous for a wide variety of orchids. Wild buffaloes, rare species of birds, insects, and elephants can also be located in the forests of Vagamon.

Trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, and rock climbing are the favorite activities at Vagamon. The hill station has developed into a prime paragliding hub and is the venue of international paragliding contests that are conducted here every year. Major tourist centers like Thekkady, Peerumedu, and Kulamavu, etc. are easily accessible from Vagamon.

About 94 km, Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Vagamon and has great connectivity from major cities in India and countries like Dubai, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA & Europe. Kottayam, about 64 km, is the nearest railhead to Vagamon and is well connected by train with cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Mangalore, Kanyakumari, Kochi, etc. Vagamon can be accessed by bus from Kottayam, Kochi, and Idukki.

Accommodation options are limited in Vagamon and it is better to make bookings in advance. It has all types of accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to homestays and luxury resorts.

Although a year-round destination, the best time to visit Vagamon would be during the dry seasons such as summers, and winter months (October to May). Vagamon experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon months from June to September that makes traveling arduous.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 04869
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil & English
Major Festivals: International Paragliding Festival
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How to Reach Vagamon

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kochi - Cochin International Airport (94 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kottayam Railway Station (64 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Vagamon Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Vagamon

Nature

#1 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 6 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Echo Point is a viewpoint situated in Vagamon, Kerala. Located on the way to Kurisumala, it is one of the popular vantage points in Vagamo, and among the must include places in Vagamon Packages.

The hill town of Vagamon is very small and peaceful where you can enjoy the cool climate sipping hot tea in one of the numerous tea shops/ restaurants. The town proudly houses numerous vantage points from where you can see the beautiful valleys surrounding the hill station. Echo Point is one of the most popular vantage points located in Vagamon. As the name indicates, Echo point is famous for its natural echo phenomenon. You can hear your voice echoing repeatedly when you scream. The name Echo point came due to this echo phenomenon.

Karikadu Viewpoint is a good stopover on the way to and from Vagamon if you are travelling through the Erattupetta route. From this point, one can see the faraway mountains dipped in mist, the deep-seated valley .....

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Backwaters

#2 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 1 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Vagamon Lake is a tranquil water body tucked in the fold of greenery in the quaint hill town of Vagamon. It is one of the beautiful lakes in the Idukki district, and among the must include places in Vagamon Tour Packages.

The Vagamon Lake is a picturesque place amidst three green hills and lush green tea estates in the valley of Vagamon. Boasting picturesque surroundings, it is a famous tourist place that draws a lot of tourists. Besides, the hills surrounding it boast of glossy green grass carpet which is always blooming with vibrant flowers. The lake is popular for picnics and leisure outings. It is also an ideal place for photography enthusiasts and solitude seekers as the region around the lake offers peace and calm like no place else.

The lake is not a huge one, yet attracts tourists in huge numbers due to its picturesque surroundings, tranquil environment, and activities .....

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Adventure | Nature

#3 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 6 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Vagamon Pine Forest is a manmade forest located at Vedikuzhi in the quaint hill town of Vagamon, Kerala. Situated on Vagamon - Elappara Road, it is one of the top places to visit in Vagamon.

Vagamon Pine Forest is a vast region occupied by lofty Pine trees thriving in the environment on steep slopes. It is a man-made forest created during the British regime of India, which still stands overlooking the enchanting Vagamon Valley. Towering over the valleys and meadows is the Vagamon Pine Forest, whose beauty has turned it into a popular and favorite location for filmmakers.

Vagamon Pine Forest is a must-visit destination in Vagamon and a paradise for nature lovers. The majestic pine trees on the slopes create an incredible view and also offers travelers some wonderful private moments amidst great natural surroundings. The view is not only captivating but also quite awe-inspiring. Walking through the forest is like a therapeutic experience, .....

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Waterfall

#4 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 10 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Palozhukumpara Waterfall is a picturesque waterfall situated close to the lower Pine Forest in Vagamon. Also known as Vagamon Falls, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in the region, and among the must-visit Vagamon Tourist Places.

Vagamon Falls or Palozhukum Para waterfall is a small stream that springs up at a lake. The stream cascading down the ravine is a sight to see with the luxuriant hills merging with the dense forests. The route to the fall is popular amongst the trekkers.

There is no path that leads to the falls, hence visitors can't go actually near the falls. One can see it from a far distance separated by a barbed-wire fence surrounding private property. Post monsoon is the best time to visit the fall when it looks big and great.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry: Free

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Pilgrimage | Adventure

#5 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 3 km from Vagamon Pine Forest, and 7 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Thangalpara is a sacred place situated at Kolahamedu in Vagamon. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the Idukki district, and among the most beautiful Vagamon places to visit.

Situated at an altitude of 2500 m, Thangalpara is a scenic attraction well-known for the unique rock formation on the top of Thanga Hill. This huge spherical rock formation at the top of the rocky hill houses the tomb of Sheikh Fariduddin, a Sufi saint from Afghanistan, who lived on the hill till he died about 8 centuries ago. It is believed that the huge rock formation here was originally a small stone used by the saint for grinding pan, that grew enormously after his death.

It is considered one of the most sacred places for Muslim pilgrims around this area. A small prayer center has been constructed for the pilgrims and tourists are also allowed to visit the place. Although recognized as a place of pilgrimage, .....

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Pilgrimage | Adventure

#6 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 6 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Kurisumala is a sacred mountain situated in Vagamon, Kerala. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the Idukki district, and among the top places to visit in Vagamon.

Kurisumala is one of the most prominent pilgrim centers for Christians in South India. The church comes under the Diocese of Neyyattinkara. The name 'Kurisumala' comes from two Malayalam words, 'Kurishu' meaning cross and 'mala' meaning mountain/hill. Earlier known as 'Kondaketty Mala', the history of Kurisumala can be traced back to the 1940s. On 27th March 1957, Fr. John Baptist OCD, a Belgium missionary climbed the summit with a small group of parishioners and established a wooden Cross. The humble farmers, George and Esthron resided in a cave on the summit and experienced the wonders and healing power of the Cross. That marked the beginning of the pilgrimage. Due to bad weather, the wooden Cross was partially damaged, and a 24 feet (7m) high concrete Cross was .....

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Nature

#7 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 6 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Vagamon Meadows, also known as Barren Hills or Mottakkunnu is a collection of small meadows spread over a large area in Vagamon, Kerala. It is one of the popular scenic places to visit in Vagamon during your Vagamon Trip.

Located in the Vagamon - Elappara route, Vagamon Meadows is the most popular place in Vagamon. The meadows are unique for their vastness and beauty. Here one will also find interlocked small ponds at the valley of several meadows. This is one of the major spots for film shooting in Vagamon. Different in each season, the hills change from lush to bare as the cycle of season rolls on. This is one place to be if you want to experience all the four seasons in Kerala.

These large grass-covered meadows are ideal for a long or short walk and being with nature. The lush greenery and scenic views of Vagamon Meadows will leave you spellbound. The misty hills with a charm of their own offer peace amidst it all. The sunset .....

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Nature

#8 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 8 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Paragliding Point (also known as Suicide Point) is a spectacular viewpoint situated at Amreuthamedu in Vagamon, Kerala. Also known as Paragliding Viewpoint, it is one of the popular vantage points in the hill town, and among the must include places in Vagamon Tour Packages.

The Vagamon town is very small where you can enjoy the cool climate sipping hot tea in one of the numerous tea shops/ restaurants. The town proudly houses numerous vantage points from where you can see the beautiful valleys surrounding the hill station. Vagamon Suicide Point is one such spectacular nature viewpoint with a deep-seated valley below.

This V-shaped ravine is one of the beautiful locations in Vagamon. From this place, you can get cherishing views of mountains and valleys and can enjoy the fresh air and light breeze. The vertical extent of the valley appears like a never-ending abyss. This is a good trekking destination and is also known as Mundakayam .....

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Waterfall

#9 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 9 km from Teekoy, 13 km from Erattupetta, and 20 km from Vagamon, Marmala Waterfall is a stunning waterfall situated near Teekoy in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the Vagamon - Erattupetta route, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Kerala, and among the must include places in Vagamon Packages.

Located inside a private rubber estate, Marmala Waterfall is formed over the Meenachal River. The waterfall is about 60 meters (200 feet) in height and falling into a 12-meter deep pool. The waterfall is dangerous and not recommended for taking bath as the depth and force of the water is too high to bear. Replete with tall trees on the green-carpeted mountains, the clear cascading waters offer a sight like no other.

Slightly veiled amidst thick bushes and blue hills, the waterfall is the perfect place to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city and spend some moments of solitude to refresh and rejuvenate. Besides, the mesmerizing natural environment .....

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Pilgrimage | Adventure

#10 of 22 Places to Visit in Vagamon

At a distance of 4 km from Vagamon Bus Stop, Murugan Mala is a sacred mountain situated in Vagamon, Kerala. Located on Kurisumala-Thangalpara Road, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the region, and among the top places to visit in Vagamon.
Situated on the eastern side of Kurisumala Hill in Vagamon, Murugan Mala is a small hill famous for a splendid rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva. Erected using a single rock, this temple is flocked by devotees from all over the country, every year.

The place is not only an ideal place for devotees of Lord Murugan but also for nature lovers, and avid photographers. It has a spectacular terrain that makes it a great place for sightseeing and the weather conditions add to the effect. Talking a stroll is the best way to explore the place. One will love to feel the fresh cool breeze once you step out of this Murugan shrine.

October to April is the best time to visit Murugan Mala when the weather .....

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