Vagamon is gradually gaining attention for being one of India’s topmost adventure tourism spot, with activities such as trekking, rock climbing and paragliding being offered to tourists. Cycling through the mountains is another interesting activity that visitors can participate in to get a better feel of the place. The Kerala Tourism Department and the Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (AASTA) celebrates an International Paragliding festival in this each year, which is very popular with both the tourists as well as the locals.
Vagamon Lake is another crowd-puller, and while the lake is not exactly huge, it is big enough to offer rowing, boating and other water activities. Bordered by hilly mountains on all sides, the this Lake is the perfect place to watch a magnificent sunrise or sunset.
The other major tourist attraction in Vagamon is the Manimala Waterfall, which is one of the top draws of the area. Located along the Erattupetta route, the Waterfall is an epitome of the serenity and tranquillity of that itself. Nestled amidst plentiful greenery, the waterfall, which falls inside a private estate, was an obscure, undiscovered spot till even a few years ago. Today, however, it is a major tourist spot frequented by visitors all year round.
Thangalpara, which is essentially a place of pilgrimage, is also one of the best viewpoints of Vagamon, offering breathtaking views of the entire valley below, surrounded by mountains on all its sides. Thangalpara is essentially a huge rock at the edge of a precipice, and it has religious significance as it was once the resting place of Hasrath Sheikh Fariduddin Baba, a revered Sufi Saint.
While the name might sound a little misleading, Barren Hills in Vagamon is one of the best places to visit, and depending on the season in which you go on a vacation, you can get to see the hills turn from bare to lush and back to bare again as the seasons keep cycling.
1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds.
If you are a forest lover, the first place you should visit in Vagamon is the Vagamon Pine forest, which is the major tourist attraction of this place. A very popular spot for movie shootings, Vagamon forest is actually a man-made forest which was created during the British era. The forest overlooks the entire Vagamon valley and is a beautiful place where you can go for a long walk, or just sit under a pine tree and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Vagamon offers opportunities for various adventure activities such as trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing. An interesting place to visit here is the Indo-Swiss Project Dairy Farms, located on Kurisumala Hill. The farm is run by monks and you need special permission to go inside. Kottayam is the closest railway station from here and Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport.