Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Vagamon places

The best kept secret of Gods own Country Kerala, Vagamon is a paradise positioned in the Idduki
-Kottayam border of Kottayam district. It has been named as the ’50 most attractive places to visit in India’ by National geographic Traveler owing to its stunning beauty and vast number of tourist places which remains crowded thor9ughout the year by domestic and foreign tourists.

Major Attractions:

Kurisumala Hill: Kurisumala Hill is a pilgrimage site for Christians where hundreds and hundreds of devotees from varied places converge to worship and seek blessings. The hill is bordered by lakes and tea estates owing to which the place receives not only devotees but also trekkers and sightseeing tourists. The hill is thronged by devotees in the occasion of Good Friday when the devotees carry the wooden crosses and climb the hill.

The hill also houses an ashram for Christian ascetics who have belief in Indian spiritual beliefs and Christianity. The ashram is placed on the foothills of the Sahya Mountains which runs parallel to India’s South West coast. The hill is an absolute place to spend some days in search of peace and is an ideal place for a short trek.

Indo-Swiss project Dairy Farm is another attraction of this hill where number of high breeding cattle are reared and milked by the monks of the ashram.

Pine Forest: Located at a walking distance from the main center of Vagamon town, Pine Forest which is surrounded by long and tall pine trees is an ideal place to be while with your partner. Ideal for long natural walks and sitting in calm, this place is sure to bring a smile on your face while on your visit.

Thangal Hill: A place of religious significance to Muslims, Thangal Hill placed 5 km away from Vagamon houses a dargah (mosque) which is a resting place of Sufi saint Husrat Sheikh Fariduddin Baba. He is supposed to have reached Kerala from Afghanistan some 800 years ago and meditate here before dying. A famed sweet dish ganjusakkar is the main offering made by the devotees here. The mosque celebrates the Urs festival during the month of April with huge enthusiasm from participants.

One can also visit the Suicide Point which is located on this hill.
Vagamon Meadows: Have you ever imagined of being in a place where songs of popular South Indian movies have been shot? If yes, then this is the place to be, where you will be greeted by long stretch of emerald carpeted land with cool breeze which passes by adding the hot pepper and spice.

Adventure Sports: Trekking, paragliding, rock climbing and mountaineering are some of the adventure sports that can be relished in the beautiful vicinity of Vagamon. All the amenities are provided for tourists in Vagamon to relish these sports.

Cultural Features:

The three hills namely Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala Hill which surrounds Vagamon are the representative of Muslim, Hindu and Christian according to the locals. All the people following these religions live in harmonious way and celebrate Onam, Christmas, Good Friday, and Urs festival with huge enthusiasm and joy.
Authentic Keralite food items including fish curry, mutton curry, and dosa are prepared by the people living in this place. Some of the people prefer Italian, Indian and Chinese food especially in dinner.
Some of the famed products of this place are white and green pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

Best time to Visit: The temperature in Vagamon ranges from 10 degree Celsius to 23 degree Celsius all round the year making it an ideal weekend getaway to visit throughout the year. In winter the temperature freezes up to 0 degree Celsius during nights. Summer (March to May) and winter (October to February) can be ideal to visit or you can visit from September to March for enjoying the most of the tourist places of emerald Vagamon.

Accommodation: Abundant of staying options are available in Vagamon as it is one of the top tourist attractions of Kerala. Visitors can opt to stay in mid range, budget or luxurious hotels according to the budget, some of the hotels of Vagamon are Saj Vagamon Hideout (3 star), Springdale Heritage (4 star) and KTDC Tamarind Peermedu (2 star).

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