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Type of Location
Hill Station
About Location

For the individuals who make preparations for South India are where they wish for to be during the summer season, Kerala has this tranquil hill station, separately from the enormously renowned Munnar. On the edge at an elevation of 1000m above the sea level, it is a peaceful hill resort with constricted, snaky path ways and chilly, green wooded surroundings. The second utmost peak in Kerala, Ponmudi is emergent fast with new-fangled hotels, cottages and home stays.

Positioned at a remoteness of 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala, it is minute hill station, situated in the midst of rubber, pepper, cardamom and tea plantations. The meaning of Ponmudi is the golden hair a name consequential from the blonde rays of the sun prominent on the facade of the hills at this ending of the Western Ghats. Still unharmed to swarm and trash of the crowds, it offers delightful extend of walking, trekking tracks, mountaineering and bird watching. A panoramic observation of mountain ranges, hills, valleys, tiny rivulet, decent environment and the capacity of hiking in high trails make the stopover to Ponmudi an invigorating experience.

The forests and eucalyptus plantation at this point, creates a center of attention a multiplicity of birds like Red Southern Trogon, Malabar Hornbills, long tailed Paradise Flycatchers, Malabar Whistling Thrus and Lion tailed macaque.

How to Reach

How to reach Ponmudi

Air: Trivandrum is the adjacent airport and this is 61 km from Ponmudi.

Rail: Adjacent railhead is at Trivandrum and another opportunity is to take the Kollam-Shencottai metre gauge train from Kollam Station (65 km).

Road: There are 22 hairpin curves and it is a thrilling to drive up the hills from Trivandrum by way of Nedumangad to Ponmudi, and a long haul from Bangalore.

Key places to visit
Ponmudi resort, Trekking, Golden Valley, Agasthya, Meenmutty Falls, Kallar Vana Samrakshana Samithi, Kallar Forest Protection Group, barasinghas, Kottoor Reserve Forest


Places to Visit

The chief appeal at Ponmudi is Ponmudi Waterfalls that is 1.5 km far from the position and one can observe stream of water curving inside the forest. Bathing is not permissible in close proximity to the water fall for the reason that the rocks here are very dicey. The other magnetism at Ponmudi is Deer Park which is barely 3 kilometers away from the Ponmudi resort. Meenmutty Falls is an additional celebrated magnetism in the midst of the tourists. It is positioned 3 kms from the Kallar main road.

The waterfalls surges in three tiers, from a loftiness of 500 metres. One has got to trek all the way through the thick forests to reach at this point and particular authorization from the forest department is required.

Trekking conveniences are obtainable from the Kallar Vana Samrakshana Samithi, Kallar Forest Protection Group at Kallar. On the approach to this waterfall, one can glimpse numerous bird lives and countless species of butterflies, but be cautious of leeches. In the vicinity of to this place there is a forest rest house. There is a small zoo on the north of Ponmudi Crest, the periphery of the forest which abode the rare barasinghas.

The most important sites reroute to Ponmudi are Kallar River, Golden Valley an admittance position to the Kallar River and Agasthyarkoodam. Agasthyarkoodam is one of the utmost peaks in the Western Ghat and it is the starting place of River Kallar. It is acknowledged as the dwelling of Agasthya, a Puranic saint. Illustrious dot for bird watchers, it is flourished by dense forests that swank medicinal herbs over and above rare orchids. At this peak Neelakurinji, a flower that a bloom only once in twelve years is an awesome sight. Previously, this region was under the Kottoor Reserve Forest, however at the moment it is a sheltered park, the Agasthya Vanam Biological Park. The admittance at this place is done only with consent from the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Furthermore guided tours inside the park are organized which comprise trekking, boat rides, food and stay. There are two trekking ways to this peak. One of which starts from Kotoor and another is from Bonacaud.

Right Time to Visit

September - January


September - January -> 21(°C)


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