Meadows at Vagamon Vagamon, a holiday retreat
Vagamon is a holiday retreat and picnic spot, about  two hours drive from Pala in Kottayam district. It is a mountainous place with many hills, meadows and velvet lawns.

You can reach the hill station from Pala in Kottayam district or Peerumedu or Thodupuzha in Idukki district. It is 20 kilometres from Kuttikannan on the  Kottayam-Kumily road .Nearest railway station is Kottayam and the airport is Kochi.

Forest plantations and tea gardens dot the landscape. The Forest Department maintains a pine plantation at Kolahalamedu near Vagamon  which attracts many visitors.You can walk down the road through the pine plantation or climb the hill for a splendid view of the valleys. Kolahalamedu is one of the highest spots in the area and,is renowned for its annual paragliding.

Tea garden There are three mountains at Vagamon-- Thangalmala, Kurisumala and Muruganmala. Thangalmala is sacred to  Muslims. It houses the dargah of Sheikh Fariduddin, a Sufi saint from Afghanistan who lived and died there eight centuries ago. Muruganmala has a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Many Hindus visit the temple for worship.

 Kurisumala, meaning mountain of the cross, is a pilgrim centre for Christians. Many gather there during the Easter week to follow the way of the cross. Sculptures dot the way. At the top of the Kurisumala is a shrine with sculptures of Jesus Christ near it. At the foot of the Kurisumala hill is the Kurisumala ashramam which was established in 1958. The inmates practice a mix of Christian monasticism and Indian tradition of sanyas.

The District Tourism Promotion Council,  Idukki, maintains a tourist centre promoted by the  Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, at Vagamon. There are meadows and a pond where picnickers can spend an evening. pool at tourist centreThe cool breeze and fresh air will enliven visitors. The entry fee is Rs. 5 for adults, Rs. 2 for children up to 12 years. The fee is  Rs.50 for video and Rs. 2000 for film shooting.

 At a distance from here the Forest Department nurtures a biodiversity reserve.  There is a typical suicide point there which is visited by many. (But no suicides have been reported from there! You will also see little biodiversity in the reserve.)

The best time to visit Vagamon is from June-October. If you like a chilly weather, it could better be December.
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