Agasthyakoodam or the Agasthya mountain is a great attraction for all nature lovers.
Considered as an outstanding area of natural importance to the entire human race,
Agasthyakoodam Biosphere Reserve, is known for its rich bio-diversity. The reserve is
under consideration for being selected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Located within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the summit can only be reached by trekking
from Bonacaud which is the last motorable place. It is located 70Km from the city, this
second highest peak in south India is considered to be a treasure-trove of rare herbs
and medicinal plants. Agasthya Mountain is part of the Western Ghats with an elevation
of 1868 Metres .The famous river Thamirabharani which flows through Tirunelveli
district in Tamil Nadu, originates from this mountain. The Peppara wild life sanctuary
and Peppara dam also form a part of Agasthyakoodam forests. The biosphere reserve
covers an area of 3,500.36 sq km. The biosphere reserve is spread over in Kerala and
Tamil Nadu. The biosphere reserve encompasses Neyyar, Shendurney and Peppara
Wildlife Sanctuaries along with nearby regions like Thenmala, Punalur and Konni.
Thiruvananthapuram serves as gateway to the biosphere reserve. Karamana River that
flows through Thiruvananthapuram, originates in the Agasthyakoodam ranges. The
Agastya Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre is named after Sage Agastya.
The Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is a part of the Agasthyakoodam mountain
Agasthyakoodam is a place having religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists.
The place as the abode of Rishi Agasthya one of the seven Saptharshis. A temple
dedicated to Agasthya exists here and attracts lots of pilgrims. According to the
Buddhists the mountain is the abode of Bodhisatva Avalokiteswara. The biosphere
reserve is home to Kanikaran tribe (one of the oldest surviving ancient tribes on the