St.Sebastian's Church Vagamon belonging to the Syro-Malabar Rite in the diocese of Palai, is situated on the beautiful hill area of Vagamon. Vagamon Kurisumala, the paradise of pilgrims, situated 4000 feet high from sea level.
Vagamon is located at about 60 km from Kottayam and 65km from Idukki in Kerala. Situated at an elevation of about 1100 meter above the sea level, Vagamon is picturesquely surrounded by three chains of hills namely Thangal hill, Kurisumala and Murugan hill. Hills beautifully covered with green grasses, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. The quite surroundings with cool breezing all round the year make Vagamon one of the most sought after destinations for the tourists looking for a break from stressful life of cities.
The Vagamon hill station offers you a unique and different environ in comparison to other hill stations of Kerala. Besides, being abundant in natural beauty, the place also offers space for spiritual activities. Kurisumala Ashram, a monastery for Christian ascetics, who have belief in the Christianity along with the Indian spiritual beliefs, is worth visiting a place in Vagamon. The peaceful surroundings with cool and soft breeze blowing across the valley makes it a perfect place for meditation. If you are willing to experience the peace of mind then Vagamon provides you, the perfect conditions.
The gentle hill slopes with beautiful trekking routes make Vagamon a favorite spot for trekkers. The hill station offers opportunity for a variety of adventurous activities to tourists. Apart from trekking, there are facilities for paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.
The hill station of Vagamon is an ideal destination for a break away from the fast lanes of city life and to live a laidback life. The important tourist attractions of Vagamon are the Kurisumala hill, which is ideal for trekking. A small church over the top of the hill and the nearby Kurisumala Ashramam are worthy of a visit. Kurisumala Ashramam is actually a monastery for Christian ascetics, who have belief in the Christianity along with the Indian spiritual beliefs and the Gandhian thought.Vagamon is a popular spot for trekkers. The hill station offers all the tourists wit an opportunity for long treks, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing. Placid lakes are the location where you can sit idle for hours or can go for boating. You may spot wild animals like elephants and wild buffalos if you quest deep into the forests.
Vagamon is also a perfect base station for the tourists who wish to explore other nearby hill stations such as Thekkady, Kurisumala, Thangalpara, Muruganmala and Kulamavu.
With never ending lines of lush green hills breathtaking ravines and meandering rivulets, Nature adorns Vagamon into one of the best naturescapes of this country.
In and Around
Kurisumala Ashram is at the heart of the Sahya Mountains, which run parallel to India's south west coast. It is a place sanctified by the breeze which blows softly across the valleys and by the overwhelming beauty of the creation, and the mediative thoughts which arise from the depth of silence. Even today people move to the mountains in search of peace of mind and of God-experience.
This is essentially a lake and it's catchment area, with grassy hillocks stretching into the forest on one side and ending at the cliff on the other. This large tract of land has a small stream originating at the lake and going through.
Water falls and the ravine. The steep hill tract which provides access to the water fall area is along the ridge and there can be many pavilions along that to enjoy rain, wind, and the infinite view of the hillscapes. There can also be performance podiums with the mountainous landscape as the background. The stream goes along the ravine and can be developed as a trekking path as it is a rugged route, with rocks and rough undulations. A small facility like a coffee bar and the like would add the richness of the place with more participation. A reservoir up stream would ensure the presence of enough amount of water even during dry season. A stepped path leading to the water fall itself is a thing of interest.
Rocky out crop
The steep rocky hill tract is almost mountainous in character. The cliff and ravine topography area is ideal for adventure activities that would attract people who like gliding, rope climbing, jumping and the like. There can be viewing pavilions too, as gufas in the vertical surface of the hill which would attract people for staying inside. This can be carved out of the rocks and would provide an adventurous stay.
Around 100 acres of forest area could be developed as a holistic health care center with Ayurveda as the theme. Providing treatment, health care facility, rejuvenation centers, yoga and meditation center, naturopathy clinics, herbal garden etc. emphasising the theme of living with nature and exploring the aeons old way of life. Tree walks, medicines preparation areas, etc. all designed to a character of ashrams.