is that the great saint Agasthya had made it his abode due to its tranquility. The locals say that women should not undertake this trek as the Saint wouldn’t approve. That just adds to the mystery of the dark green forests and vegetation.
The trekker is transported to the earlier eras when hills and forests were silent and covered with greenery. It is a storehouse of medicinal plants for those who are knowledgeable in Ayurveda. There is a full-size statue of Agasthya on the peak.
One of the most beautiful sights is the total covering of the hillside with the blue Neelakurinji blooms. You look up and see nothing else but the blue of the flowers. Alas! it does not happen every year.
The location is 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. We need permit passes from the Forest Department.