Vagamon is a small hill station situated at a height of 3600 ft in the Idukki district in Kerala. It is for those who are looking for a quiet retreat in the hills. For activity, here you’ll get opportunities for walks and drives in the hills. The area around Vagamon comprises of undulating hills, green meadows, pine forest, tea estates, and waterfalls. The pristine beauty of this town owes to its lack of popularity. This town receives fewer tourists as compared to its neighbours like Munnar and Thekkady. Yet there are several resorts and mid-range hotels scattered around the town.
Places to Visit in Vagamon:
The most appealing activity in this hill town is to enjoy ambling around in its lush green meadows. These meadows turn even more charming when that ethereal mist descends on them. With mist also come the cool breeze which caresses you as you drink in the beauty of the nature. On a clear day you can enjoy the vistas of surrounding green-covered hills. There is also a lake set amidst the meadows.
Again an interesting place for walking enthusiasts. These are the slopes covered with rows of tall pine trees. Walking under the shade of these trees would remind you of Robert Frost’s words: “Woods are lovely; dark and deep….”
Kurisumala, situated near Vagamon, is a pilgrimage for Christians. It recreates the final journey of Christ through a series of images. To reach to the top, you’ll have to trek up for about 2 km. While it appears to be tough, it is easy to accomplish. Don’t miss to take in the splendid views on the way; the views of the hillsides, the valley, and the tea plantations. A dairy farm, run by the Kurisumala monks, is perched on the Kurisumala hill.
If all the hill towns have lookout points, why shouldn’t Vagamon have one. Mooppanpara is also called suicide point. This place is a v-shaped canyon and to reach the said point, you’ll have to do an exhaustive climb. But the effort will be compensated with splendid views.
Murugan Mala is a pilgrimage for Hindus. It is situated on Murugan hill, adjacent to the Kurisumala hill. Just like Kurisumala, this place can also be reached only on foot. The path from Vagamon is 2 km long. On the top there is a monolithic temple of god Murugan.
When to Visit?
Vagamon can be visited all year round. However its hills are lush green after monsoon. And during summer, the atmosphere can be hot. So, the best duration is from October to March.
How to Reach Vagamon?
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kottayam, 70 km west of Vagamon.
Air: Cochin International Airport, 94 km northwest, is the nearest airport.
Road: Vagamon is 100 km southeast of Kochi and 180 km west of Madurai.
Here is a 4 min video on Vagamon: