VAGAMON TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO VAGAMON
#18 of 22 Places to visit in 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.