Also known by the name of Agasthyarkoodam, Agastya Mala Peak is a beauteous hillock situated in the Western Ghats. The Agastya Mala, famed for its rich biodiversity and abundance of medicinal plants, it lies in the vicinity of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is Kerala’s most exotic trekking site, popular among adventure seekers and pilgrims alike.
With an elevation of about 1868m, it is one of the tallest peak and toughest treks in the region, as the trail starts from a relatively low altitude. The trekking route to the peak begins from Bonacaud. The peak is famous as pilgrimage site also because, at the top, one could see the idol of Sage Agasthya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas and Agastya Mala Hill is supposed to be the home of this holy priest. Devotees can offer pujas themselves to Sage Agasthya. There are many rivers and waterfalls close to it which is the major attraction for tourist.
For those who are looking for adventure in Trivandrum, this peak is good for trekking. One has to take permission from Kerala Forest Department Office before venturing out for the trek. The peak offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas.