Vagamon Hill Station
Vagamon is a hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala. It is one of the commercially unexploited tourist destinations in Kerala. It is situated approximately situated at an altitude of 1500 feet above sea level. The major attractions of the area are pine forests, meadows and tea estates. Paragliding events are conducted once every year. Thangal Para, Murugan and Kurishu mala which are nearby hills whch represents three religions Muslim, Hindu and Christian. The route to Vagamon hill station is a steep uphill drive from Kochi. The trip to Vagamon itself is quite exciting as the tourists can have a spectacular view. The road passes through steep mountains and during rainy seasons it is possible to see small waterfalls. Vagamon is also an ideal place for trekking. On the southern eastern side of Vagamon are the tea estates. Some tourists who visit tourist locations such as Thekkady can also pass through Vagamon to enjoy the sightseeing.
The climate of Vagamon always remains cool throughout the year. This is very contrast compared to the hot and humid weather in the coastal regions of Kerala. The climate is also ideal for growing tea. In the past the British have found that the area suitable for growing tea and many tea estates were established in the nearby areas and they can still be seen.
The nearest airport is Kochi international airport which is approximately 80 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is Kottayam. The place can be reached travelling by road. This hill station is an upcoming hill station. Many hotels, resorts and home stays are still being constructed. Compared with other hill stations the number of tourists are comparatively less. In future this hill station may develop into a major hill station.