Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C during a summer midday. It is situated 1,100 metres above sea level.
Travelers can enjoy trekking and climbing this high hill. The area is fully surrounded with Tea estates and lakes. Indo-Swiss Project dairy farms is situated on the hill. The hill dairy farm, managed by the Kurisumala monks. Vagamon is surrounded by three hills namely, 'Thangal hill', 'Murugan hill' and 'Kurisumala'. Other attractions include Tea estates, pine forests, grass lands, meadows, mist and shola forests, the famous suicide point of ‘Thangal hill’, a peculiar rock formation at Thangal Para, a dairy farm in Kurisumala and the Live Stock Board. Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats and the foot hills on its lower side reach up to Teekoy with a gradual descent. Traveling by the hill highway in this section is an exhilarating experience with deep valleys and magnificent views all around. Vagamon presents very spectacular views with an ethereal touch.
Kurisumala monastery is a famous hill station and pilgrimage center for the Christians . The nearby Kurisumala Ashram is an abode of calm and spiritual delight.
Teekoy is naturally perched by its location in one of the busiest tourist circuits in Kerala. Rolling hills and hillocks dot Teekoy in abundance but some places are very steep. Many tourists come to experience this journey to Vagamon, which gets covered in mist on-and-off throughout the year. The central area of Teekoy is a narrow strip of zig zagging plain land with the Meenachil river on the eastern side. Both the river and the flat land are flanked by hills.
Day picnickers often come to Teekoy. There are trekking trails in and around Teekoy. One is the Marmala waterfall in the Meenachil river where water cascades down from the hill over a rocky slope. Another trekking route is the Teekoy-Cherippad-Ayyampara. Ayyampara has a huge rock formation whose top is a flat expanse running into hundreds of acres. It is a place with many cliffs, a cave and panoramic views. People also visit this place in the evening to enjoy the cool breeze and see the sun set.
Elaveezha Poonchira, a hill station near Melukavu Mattom, 60 km from Kottayam is gaining importance. Located among three beautiful hillocks Mankunnu, Kudayathoormala and Thonippara, Poonchira is a place of picturesque charm. Legends say that the pool here was a bathing place for Panchali, the legendary princess of the Holy book, Mahabharata. The beautiful valleys of Poonchira are spread across thousands of acres.The verdant landscape punctuated by the gigantic hills, each rising to around 3200 ft. is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature. Elaveezha poonchira means a valley where leaves don't fall and is named so because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness both the sunrise and sunset.
This shrine of St. Mary is a famous pilgrim center located not far from the place. The consecrated shrine present here is brought from the famous Velankanni Mother Church at Velakannni in Tamil Nadu.
Peermade was the hub of British tea trade during the colonial period. The remnants of the colonial rule and European buildings make this spot historically important.
Other attractions include tea estates, pine forests, grass lands, meadows, mist and shola forests, the famous suicide point of ‘Thangal hill’, a peculiar rock formations at Thangal Para, a dairy farm in Kurisumala . Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats and the foot hills on its lower side reach up to Teekoy with a gradual descent.Murinjupuzha Water Falls is also a pleasant place to unwind.