Agastya Mala

Agastya Mala

Infobox Mountain
Name = Agastya Mala
Photo = AgasthyarkoodamPeak.jpg
Caption = A view of Agastya Mala from the base
Elevation = convert|1868|m|ft|0
Location = Tirunelveli, India
Range = Western Ghats
Prominence =
Coordinates = coord|8|37|N|77|15|E|region:IN_type:mountain

Type =
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Translation = Hill of Agastya
Language = Malayalam and Tamil
Pronunciation =

Agastya Mala (also known as Agastyarkoodam or Agasthyakoodam) is a convert|1868|m|ft|0 peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of South India. The mountain lies on the border between the Indian states of Kerala (in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram District) and Tamil Nadu (in Tirunelveli).The perennial Thamarabarani River originates from this hill and flows into the Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu.

Agastya Mala is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas. The Tamil language is considered to be a boon from Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agastya at the top of the peak and the devotees can offer pujas themselves.


Agastya Malai is located 32 km from Neyyar Dam. The major city and airport nearest to Agastya Malai is Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) and its Trivandrum International Airport, around 61 km away. The nearest railway station is Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli District.


The lower elevations of this peak are also known for their abundance of rare herbs and medicinal plants. Around 2,000 medical plants used in Ayurvedic treatments are found here. Europeans, particularly those from England, were the first to establish tea gardens around the base stations of the mountain at Brimore, Bonacaud, and Ponmudi.

The Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve harbours rare flora and fauna. Tourists are permitted to the area only with permission from the forest department of Kerala. Annual trekking passes to the peak are issued from the forest department during January-February only.

Other major rivers which originate from the mountain are the Karamana River, which flows through the Thiruvananthapuram District and is the major source of drinking water to the city, and the Neyyar River (also in the Thiruvananthapuram District).

ee also

* Thamirabarani River
* Tirunelveli
* Papanasam
* Anamudi - Highest peak in Western Ghats
* Tourism in Thiruvananthapuram


* [ Agasthyakoodam Mountain]

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