The Agasthya forest believed to have been the abode of a sage from mythology, Agasthya. The spectacular peak in the Western Ghats, Agasthyarkoodam, rises to a majestic 1890 m in the form of a sharp cone located in the capital of the state. It is the second uppermost peak in the Tiruvanandapuram district of Kerala. There are trekking trails through thick forests. It is a haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants along with its marvelous scenic beauty especially when they transform into colorful glades of the ‘Neelakurinji’, a rare flower which blooms only once in twelve years.
Women are not allowed up the peak. People at Agasthyarkoodam peak believed that sage Agasthya, who lived in this peak was a confirmed bachelor, hence they dislike the presence of women. The season from December 2’nd week to February is advocated for trekking for which a forest pass has to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Dept., Thiruvananthapuram.