Ponmudi is one of the popular hill stations of Kerala located at a distance of 57 Km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. It is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and small rivulets, Ponmudi offers excellent opportunities for trekking, filled with tea-plantations, lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and streams, this quaint little town draws connoisseurs of mountain life. it is one of the highest hill stations in Thiruvananthapuram. Ponmudi is connected to Thiruvananthapuram by a narrow winding road which offers a scenic view all along the way.
Ponmudi is situated 1100 meters above sea level. The first thing that travellers to Ponmudi notice is the thick tropical forests that carpets the foot of the hill range. No doubt, the salubrious atmosphere and the twisted trails across clear streams must have contributed to her health. The region is also dominated by spice as well as tea plantations and is dotted with waterfalls plus view points. There are 22 hairpin turns along this short route which makes the travel a definitely thrilling experience. Other attractions near Ponmudi include Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees. Ponmudi was founded by Rishi Parshuram, a prominent Indian mythological figure. Though a quaint place, it has a turbulent history. This land has been ruled by the Ays, Venads and Varmas, and was invaded by the Cholas and Mughals.
The climate is invigorating and remains pleasant throughout, and the place serves as a base for trekking and hiking for adventure enthusiasts. The tea-gardens here are also famous. rk and wood and stone cottages coloured in bright hues while visiting here.Located about 1.5 km from the hill station, is the Ponmudi Falls. Around 3 km from the Ponmudi Resort, is the popular Deer Park. Ponmudi tourism picks up during August and September when the Aaranmula Temple Festival and Aaranmula Boat Race are held. This hill station is also the gateway to Varkala, an important pilgrimage site where the 2000-year-old Janardanswamy Temple is located. For those who prefer casual strolls instead of trekking, Ponmudi would leave them impressed. A walk through the tea gardens is a feast for the eye and the senses.
Ponmudi is primarily divided into the Upper and the Lower Sanatorium. Kerala government has started an ecotourism project in the Upper Sanatorium area to promote tourism. This beautiful hill station offers a pleasing view and it has natural springs that help in keeping the valley lush green. The view down the valley from the cottages and resorts up the hill is breathtaking and it feels as though time has left this place untouched. The hill station is an important point of contact with the river Kallar. The river is known for its crystal clear water, fishes and lush trees surrounding it. Another main attraction in the region is Agasthyarkoodam, one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats, with the highest peak at 1868 m. This peak is famous for its wilderness, and can be accessed only with the Forest Department’s permission.
Since Ponmudi experiences tropical weather usually, it remains pleasant almost throughout the year. As the temperature is mild tourists flock to this place during summer. It is a difficult time to visit during the rainy season as it experiences heavy rainfall. Visiting the place during the winter season is also advisable. Winter season lasts from the months of November to February. Anyway the period from March to May is the peak season.
How To Reach :
By Air : The nearest airport is the Trivandrum(67 km) International Airport. Which is well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail : The nearest Railway Station is Thiruvananthapuram (61 km). This station is connection with the important cities of the country through regular trains.
By Road : Ponmudi hill station is well connected to Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala by a wide network of roads. Buses ply from the main bus stand in Trivandrum and Nedumangad at periodic intervals.
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