Vagamon, or Wagamon, is a hill station in Kerala's Idukki district, 45 kilometers from Thekkady, 58 kilometers from Idukki, 76 kilometers from Kumarakom, 64 kilometers from Kottayam, 92 kilometers from Munnar, 99 kilometers from Alleppey, 103 kilometers from Kochi, 181 kilometers from Madurai, and 196 kilometers from Trivandrum. A must-include in Kerala Tour Packages, it's on the Kottayam-Idukki border.
With its altitude of 1100 m and surrounding by three hills, Vagamon is dubbed the Scotland of Asia. The British discovered this place is perfect to plant tea. Christian missionaries followed them and built their abode of service at Kurisumala. National Geographic Traveler says this destination is one of the best places to see in India.
In addition to hillocks, valleys, and cascading waterfalls, Vagamon has pine forests, grasslands, meadows, tea estates, and even a suicide point, so it's a great place to visit near Kochi. Tour packages includes tourist places like Pine Forests, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Marmala Waterfalls, Karikdu Viewpoint, and Illikkal Kallu. It's home to wild buffaloes, rare birds, insects, and elephants.
In Vagamon, you can go trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, and rock climbing. It hosts paragliding contests every year, and you can visit places like Thekkady, Peerumedu, and Kulamavu from here.
How to reach Vagamon
Cochin International Airport is about 94 km from Vagamon and has great connections from India, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, and Europe. With a train connection to Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Mangalore, Kanyakumari, Kochi, and other cities, Kottayam is the nearest railhead. From Kottayam, Kochi, and Idukki, you can get to Vagamon by bus.
You'll find all kinds of accommodation options in Vagamon, from budget hotels to homestays to luxury resorts.
Despite being a year-round destination, this place dry seasons are the summer and winter months (October to May). Vagamon experiences heavy rain during the monsoon months from June to September.