After decades of environmental degradation, the Indian government formed a committee in 1992 to look into the possibility of a biological park in the region of Kottur in Kerala. Five years later, the Agasthyavanam Biological Park was formed, one of the youngest reserves in God’s Own Country. Located near the state’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, the park is named after the magestic Agastimalai Agasthyakoodam peak that rises up from the park. The park was established as part of the Agasthyavanam Project, in order to conserve the flora and fauna of the region and ensure the recovery of the delicate ecological balance that was lost over the decades.
Spread across 23 square kilometers, Agasthyavanam Biological Park is certainly not one of the largest parks. Of this, around 17.5 square kilometers (nearly three-quarters of the total area) remains fully protected for natural re-growth of the sprawling, dense forest that once thrived here. The remaining area is earmarked for conservation projects. Conservatories have been planned for breeding and reintroducing rare and endangered endemic birds and animals into the forest. You can catch buses that run regularly from Trivandrum to the park, but keep in mind that only 50 tourists are allowed inside every day. Trekking facilities are also available, with the trek up to the Agasthyamalai peak being the most sought-after pass.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Thiruvananthapuram is as given below. The best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is also specified.