5 Reasons to Add a Vagamon Trip to Your Kerala Itinerary

Add A small town perfect for an escape into nature, Vagamon is a hill station that is also Kerala’s best-kept secret. Located on the Idukki-Kottayam border, this hill town is easily accessible through a scenic drive from any of the major towns of Kerala. From spending time in relaxing retreats to taking part in adventure activities, there are many adventurous things to do in Vagamon.

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Here is what you can do on your Vagamon trip to make the most of your time in Kerala.

Paragliding in Vagamon

The best way to capture the abundant beauty of a hill station is by paragliding. As Vagamon is famous as the hub for adventure activities in Kerala, you shouldn’t miss paragliding here. Beginners could go for a one time soar in the sky and professionals could complete their paragliding course at ASSTA (Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy). Soar over grass hill lands and majestic mountains, and capture the beauty of nature with your eyes.

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Hill-top Camping

Another adrenaline pumping yet soul-refreshing experience is camping in Vagamon. The most famous camping spot in Vagamon is located 6 km away from the Vagamon bus stop. You can plan a camping trip by booking a Kerala camping itinerary or choose to go on an expedition on your own. Trekking through the breezy environs accompanied by dense greenery is going to be an experience that you would want to keep reliving. The most famous thing to do in Vagamon is spending a night under the stars in a comfortable tent and losing yourself in nature’s beauty.

Trekking to Urumbi Hills

Breath-taking encounters with nature are unavoidable on a Vagamon trip. If you are looking for peace, a trek to Urumbi Hills is a must-do in Vagamon. The Urumbi Hill camping spot is located 24 km away from the Vagamon Bus Stop. The unique trekking and off-road trails make this camp a favourite among the adrenaline junkies. Surrounded by peace and green tea plantations, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Vagamon.

Boat Ride on Vagamon Lake

If you are looking for a place to contemplate life during your Vagamon trip, a serene lake will be the perfect spot. To the many attractions of this hill town, Vagamon Lake is yet another soul-rejuvenating addition. Enveloped by verdant tea estates and adorned with a wooden bridge crossing in the middle, this lake will make you feel like you have stepped into a painting. Click pictures, admire nature, and enjoy your time in Vagamon.

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Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary

No hill station feels complete without its native woodland creatures. One place where you can spot wildlife on a Kerala itinerary is the Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, around 10 km away from Vagamon. A visit to the wildlife sanctuary will take you further into the abundance of nature. The sanctuary is home to tigers, elephants, and other native animals, so keep your binoculars handy. The place is also vouched as a famous picnic spot for anybody on a trip to Vagamon. Plan a day here with your friends, family, or spouse and relax in the peaceful environs.

HUMAN BY NATURE – A FAIRY TALE ABOUT KERALA

Human By Nature is actually a fairy tale… A story about how ordinary people lived among waters and fabulous forest, among endless tea plantations and spice gardens and tell to the whole world the story of Kerala.

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A long time after the Kerala Blog Express 2019 experience ended, I thought what impressed me more in this fabulous journey. And I realized that the common denominator of all the beauty that we saw were people.

When we surfed in the calm backwaters on traditional houseboat sites converted by a brilliant mind from old commercial boats in floating luxury resorts, who made us see magic places were people from there.

When we arrived in the Periyar Tiger Reserve woods even the lake enchanted us with his silence, another human, a  very special woman this time, taught us in simple words what it means to protect the nature.

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When we got through fields of spices to Carmelia Heaven overwhelmed by the variety of spices and other plants that make our life tastier and delicious, a man was at us to unravel the mysteries of these small miracles that we only think that are just little bags or boxes in supermarkets.
Once in the land of tea in Munar, after the joy of being among the plantations sudden, I saw green tea factory decades old when I realized that all people are the spells tiny leaves and turn them into the pleasure of our cup.

When we watched spellbound performances with dances Kathakali or Mohiniyattam or simply we were welcomed with love and respect in all places where we stopped with small traditional performances, I realized that behind these benefits are in fact emotions and work people who created them.

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And above all, I always looked ordinary people. People who take their daily normal life in settlements that for us were just so beautiful places but they meant home. People who enjoyed the traditional celebrations or blessing of celestial divinity, whatever is his name. People were dressed in smiles and looked with love and wisdom into tomorrow, but being happy today.

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And then I fully understand that, actually, Kerala’s people express their selves by nature and this, in turn, makes the way they are: simple, beautiful and happy. So, I realize that is the simplest and most profound meaning of the concept of Human by Nature.