Bonacaud

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Bonacaud
ബോണക്കാട്
Bonakkad
Village
Bonacaud is located in Kerala
Bonacaud
Bonacaud
Bonacaud is located in India
Bonacaud
Bonacaud
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°45′25″N 77°11′20″E / 8.75694°N 77.18889°E / 8.75694; 77.18889Coordinates: 8°45′25″N 77°11′20″E / 8.75694°N 77.18889°E / 8.75694; 77.18889
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
Talukas Nedumangad
Government
 • Body Gram panchayat
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695551
Telephone code 0472
Nearest city Thiruvananthapuram

Bonacaud (Kerala state, India) is the base station of the famous peak, Agasthyarkoodam in the Agasthya hills. The Agasthya hill range is famous for its abundance of rare herbs and medicinal plants.

There is a tea estate in Bonacaud, established by Britishers. The hill resort Ponmudi is near to Bonacaud. Bonacaud(natively called Bonakkad) is now used as a base camp for trekking to Agasthyakoodam. It has lots of shooting locations including the forests, waterfalls and tea estates.

It is located at 8°45′25″N 77°11′20″E / 8.75694°N 77.18889°E / 8.75694; 77.18889

View From Bonacaud Hill showing peppara reservoir

The place has the famous Bona Falls a truly enthralling place with a lot of fauna. Vazuvanchola near Bona falls is also famous for its waterfalls

A stream inside the Bonacaud estate

The estate has cardamom, coconut, pepper and tea.

The exact name of the place is Bonaccord named by british and it mean good faith. it is believed that around 1850 one estate been established on the top of the hill and near to a river named as Sooryakanthi. Due to lack of sun light, many labors fell in ill and died. later the management has changed the location and came down and established the estate in the present location. The labors been brought from South tamil nadu and their descendants still live there in the estate.


Lower priced tea imports following the implementation of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade pushed the estate into losses. The estate was taken over by a bank and the plantation was shut down after the owner failed to replay the loan on the estate.[1] The families were provided with free ration by the State Government. In 2014, the State Government Labour department convinced the estate management to reopen the estate but the employees were neither paid salary nor the free ration after that. Currently the State Government is in the process of taking over the estate.[2]

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