Itinerary (for a three-day trek)

This two/three-day trek begins from the Bonacaud forest office, located about 60km from Thiruvananthapuram. The base camp at Athirumala is located about 15 km from here. Depending on how fast you trek, you can complete this leg of the journey within a few hours or take the whole day. The second leg of the journey from Athirumala to the peak is more difficult and requires you to scale about a 1000 metres.

Day 1- Bonacaud to Athirumala (6 hours)

  • Arrive at Bonacaud by 7 am. Get your passes verified and collect food coupons from the forest office
  • Begin trek to the base camp at Athirumala by 8 am
  • Reach Athirumala base camp by 2 pm
  • Rest, get lunch at the base camp with your food coupons. It has a canteen that starts at 6:30 in the morning and closes at 8:30 pm
  • Explore the flora and fauna around the area. Go for a walk
  • Stay the night at the base camp. You will be offered a mattress on a twin sharing basis.
  • Dinner is served at the base camp and you can use your food coupons to get it.

Day 2 - Athirumala to Agasthyakoodam peak and back (10 hours)

  • Start at 6 in the morning to head to the peak.
  • Reach the peak by 12 noon
  • Explore and take in the view. Make sure you're carrying a packed lunch or snacks to keep your energy levels up.
  • Head back to Athirumala and try and reach back before the sun sets.
  • Dinner and night stay at the base camp

Day 3 - Athirumala to Bonacaud (4-5 hours)

  • Get something to eat at the basecamp and head to Bonacaud by 8 am.
  • Reach Bonacaud by 1 pm and take the next bus back to Thiruvananthapuram