Kurisumala is a hill that is a must-visit for every spiritual seeker. The holy hill is surrounded by a mist that deep freezes all your worries and lets you experience a wave of serenity that soothes the soul of its visitors. Kurisumala is a Christian pilgrimage center that is surrounded by lush greenery and tea estates that add to the massive hill’s beauty and makes the experience more magical. Kurisumala is a Malayalam word that translates to ‘Mountain of the Holy cross’ because of the strategic location of 14 crosses. The wooden crosses symbolize the ‘Way of the cross’ that is a systematic or step-wise narration of Jesus’ last day on earth, as a man and also a detailed description of the struggles faced by him on the way to his very painful death.
Being one of the elevated cities in Kerala, Vagamon, with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, is famous for housing the rare pine forests. These pine forests are usually found in the northern region of India, but Vagamon Pine Forests have existed for so long in the southernmost state in India, Vagamon. The pine forests are a famous place for tourists and locals because of its affordable pricing policy, exhilarating activities, the tall and broad trees and the immense lush greenery surrounding the elevated portion of the city. As you explore the pine forests in Vagamon, they also give you a chance to get away from the hullabaloo and the loud streets of the city and enjoy the ray of sunshine making its way to your face through the canopy of thick leaves. This place is ideal for family and kids as this place also includes activities like trekking, rock climbing, and paragliding.
Nestled on the Thangal hill, Thangal Para in Vagamon is a famous tourist attraction and a holy site of muslims. The site oozes out unbounding beauty, serenity and tranquility. There is a rock and a tomb of Sheikh Fariuddin at the spot. Under the rock is a mosque. Every year, hundreds of tourists and devotees pay a visit to the pious site and seek blessings. Apart from that, they are also left awestruck by the unparalleled beauty of the place. The top of the Thangal Para offers a picturesque view of mountains and lush greenery that is sure to leave your jaw-dropped. Not only muslims, but other tourists also visit the place and get a soul-stirring experience.
Enveloped by the Sahya Mountains, Kurisumala Ashram in Kerala is a Trappist Monastery established in 1958 by the bishop of Tiruvalla, Zacharias Mar Athanasios. ‘Kurisu’ in Malayalam means cross while ‘mala’ means mountains and the word ‘ashram’ translates into monastery. As a result, the name portrays the community of spiritual seekers who reside in the hills of Vagamon and live a strict monastic life. Nestled in the midst of lush greenery in a scenic location, Kurisumala Ashram in Kerala is situated on the Erattupetta and Elappara road, and it is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the world. Nestled at the foot of Kurisumala, which lies around 4000 feet above the sea level, this ashram is a community of spiritual souls who have dedicated their lives to the Almighty.
Get ready to cherish a bird’s-eye view of lush green environs of Vagamon with a recreational adventure activity, called paragliding. Head to Vagamon located at the border of Idukki and Kottayam districts in Kerala, and grab a chance to fly like a bird in the midst of blue skies. As the month of September arrives, you can flock to this enticing place, and partake in paragliding in Vagamon. The activity can be enjoyed till January, and then again from March to May for a thrilling experience. You may also join the Paragliding Grand Prix held in the month of September each year, and take delight in this adventurous activity with thousands of other paragliders who have flocked here from around the world. You can also board a train to Kottayam, or a flight to Cochin International Airport, and reach Vagamon while driving for about 2 hours or 3 hours respectively.
Uluppuni is one of the emerging offroading destination near Vagamon in Idukki, district of Kerala. Uluppuni is situated around 10km from Vagamon and is towards Pulikanam route from Vagamon. There are two routes to reach Uluppuni viewpoint. One is through Vagamon -> Chottupara Junction, if you are coming from Erattupetta, Kottayam. And the other through Kanjar-> Moolamattam-> Chottupara Junction, if you are coming from Thodupuza, Idukki. Both the routes are meant for pure off-roading, which will offer you a certain level of adventure.