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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Agasthyakoodam Pilgrimage 2012, Trekking Trip Pass

Trivandrum, 3 January 2012: The Agasthyakoodam pilgrimage 2012 will be held from January 15 to February 20 this year. Agasthyakoodam

(Agastya mountain) located 70 kms from Trivandrum is the second highest peak in Kerala. It is an ecologically rich forest with rare herbs, medicinal plants, flowers, birds, reptiles, flies and animals.

Every year the Agasthyakoodam pilgrimage/trekking is conducted by the Kerala Forest Department starting from the Makaravilakku day till Sivarathri. As per the Indian mythology, Sage Agasthya lived in  this mountain. This year the pilgrimage days are restricted to 37.Only 100 people are permitted to enter the forest in a day. The trekkers will be made into groups of 15 members with a guide for entering the ecological sensitive forest. Liqour, Drugs, Cooking inside the forest etc are not allowed. Passes which costs Rs. 350 are available from Forest Office at PTP Nagar. Only 3700 passes are available and will be alloted in first come first serve basis.

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