Women not allowed to apply for Agasthyarkoodam trek


  • Women’s rights group Pennuroma, which has been pushing for women to be allowed to scale the Agasthyarkoodam peak, may have to wait another year before their demands are addressed.
  • The Agasthyarkoodam peak lies within the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thiruvananthapuram.

Other Facts:

  • Agasthyarkoodam is a part of Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve, and women are allowed access till Athirumala, which is the base station of Agasthyamala.
  • People are allowed to trek for a month every year, with the number of  trekkers allowed per day restricted to 100.
  • Part of the Western Ghats, Agasthyarkoodam is the second-highest peak in Kerala.
  • Some people climb the mountain as a pilgrimage. While no formal ban exists, the tribal community living in the region opposes the entry of women in the name of tradition.


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