Dhanya Sanal becomes first woman to trek to Agasthyarkoodam peak in Kerala

Updated:1 month ago IST

Agasthyarkoodam (Kerala), Jan 16 (ANI): The 38-year-old K Dhanya Sanal, spokesperson for the Union Ministry of Defence, on Tuesday became the first woman to reach Agasthyarkoodam peak, a biodiversity hotspot and the second highest peak of Kerala. Sanal started trekking from Bonakkad on Monday after the Kerala High Court lifted the ban on women's trekking to the hilltop on December 09 last year. As many as 100 women registered themselves for trekking this year but Dhanya Sanal was the first woman turned up for trekking. Sanal, while trekking to the Agasthyarkoodam on Monday, had said that she would follow the instructions given by the state’s Forest Department and would avoid going into the prohibited areas where the tribal people are residing. According to media reports, this peak was banned for the women trekkers as for the Kani tribal people the hilltop is the final resting place of the sage Agasthya, who holds similar importance as Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala temple.

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