Vagamon

Vagamon

Pristine forests, exotic flora and fauna and verdant meadows characterize Vagamon, loacation straight out of tourism brochure. Located 1,100, above sea lever on the western fringe of Idukki, and bordering Kottayam, the Vagamon mountain range was cleared by the early planters for cultivation of tea and coffee.

Vagamon first witnessed changes in 1926 when Walter Duncan and Company set up their plantations in a massive 534 acre plot of land. A decade later, christen missionaries set up the Kurisumala Ashram, which transformed the region into a spiritual nerve centre, popular even today.

The terrain differs from thickly wooded areas or grassy plains to the ruggedly mountains. While pine trees cover large tracts, tea plantations are less in number compared to other hill stations such as Munnar.Indeed, Vagamon’s charm lies in the relaxed ambience that makes it an ideal getaway.

SIGHTS

Kurisumala

Located 5 km from Vagamon, is Kurisumala, and important Christian pilgrim, with a church stop a hill. There are 14 crosses along the path leading to the church, which commands stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Kurisumala Ashram

This Catholic monastery, which strives to combine Indian religiosity with Christian spirituality, has been attracting monks from around the world for close to four decades. Abbot Francis Acharya, a Belgian and Fr Bede Griffiths, an Engllishman, established this Cistercian abbey in 1958.

Murugan Para

On the eastern side of Kurisumala is Murugan Para, a rock cut temple dedicated to Lord Murugan that attracts a large number of worshippers.

Pine Forests

This valley in Kolahalamedu, with its groves of pine trees, is a protected area. There are boards cautioning tourists to keep from littering the forest.

Getting There

By Air : The nearest is Cochin (Kochi) International Airport,120 Km away.

By Rail : The nearest railhead is Kottayam,64 Km away.

By Road : The NH 49 to Thripunithura (Kochi) and SH 15 to Ettumanoor through Thalayolaparabu both lead to Vagamon. From Madurai it is 243 km through Kumily,Peermede and Elappara.

Thenmala     |    Idukki     |     Munnar     |     Peermede     |     Vagamon     |     Nelliyampathy     |     Wayanad

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