The sight of sun slowly coming out of oblivion from behind the majestic Agasthyamalai mountains near Chittippara is surreal, to say the least.
While the ‘day city ride’ starts at 9 am and winds up by 4 pm, the ‘night ride’ begins at 5 pm and lasts till 10 pm.
The varied flora and fauna and the rolling grasslands can captivate any traveller stepping into this eco-tourism spot.
The traffic on the winding road to Ponmudi hill was banned as fissures were found near 11th and 12th hairpin curves and the chances of landslides were high.
Agasthyarkoodam is open to the public and trekking enthusiasts, only once in a year.
Beyond the gate is a large compound. The two-storeyed palace has a wide verandah at the front portion which is believed to be a later addition.
A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday decided to set up safe streets, where shops remain open 24 hours in select locations here, under the city corporation limits.
Chala has played a significant role in the growth and development of Thiruvananthapuram.
Any visitor has to seek the forest officials' permission to enter the tea estate in the middle of the forest. The department records the names and addresses of all visitors.
Taking a detour from the popular tourist spots for a one-day trip offers a different experience.