Ponmudi - Hill Station Destination in Kerala
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Ponmudi hill station is nestled in the Western Ghats, at an altitude of over 1,000 MASL. The place is a hidden jewel of Kerala, that not many know of. Translated into English the term Ponmudi means ‘Golden Peak’. It is a wonderful place, overlooking the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea, and the rolling hills of the Western Ghats. Ponmudi hills is the place to head to, for some peace and quiet and beautiful environs.
The hill station located roughly 60 kilometers from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, is special in many ways. The fact that it has not yet been taken over by tourists and commercialization gives it a certain edge over all other hill stations in Kerala. Most tourists choose to make day trips to visit Ponmudi tourist Attractions when visiting Thiruvananthapuram.
Like most places in the Western Ghats, Ponmudi is lush green and pleasant all year around, but it does get a lot of rain during the monsoon. The wet weather can be a hindrance and so a trip during monsoons is best avoided. Plan a trip during the winter months, when the weather is pleasant – November and December months are deemed ideal, for a day trip. You can pack in some adventure sports and a trek in the forest.
The best way to reach Ponmudi is to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram and hire a taxi or take a local bus. You also have the option of booking a day trip through a tour operator, in Thiruvananthapuram. Going through a tour operator saves you a lot of trouble, as your itinerary for the day is well planned.
The drive uphill is scenic and presents a mosaic of colors, greens with a touch of brown and blue and grey. The ascent through winding roads and twenty-two hairpin bends takes you to the mist covered hill station, with panoramic views of the hills and valleys beyond and of course the majestic Arabian Sea.
The excitement is not limited to just that - the journey is most thrilling as you cross the magnificent Kalarkad waterfalls and the Vazhvanthol waterfalls.
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Sweeping views of hills, rolling into the horizon; some covered in green, others rocky and barren, is what greets you when you reach the top. For an exhilarating experience, trek to the adjacent hills – make your own trail, even as clouds descend on you and the refreshing air caresses your skin. Savor the experience and embrace the vast expanse of solitude that can only be found in the midst of nature.
There are plenty of adventure activities for you to indulge in, from trekking and hiking, rock climbing, parasailing, and paragliding. The day trip promises to be fun. However, if none of these activities excite you, there are other ways to engage yourself. Spend your time walking around, admiring the scenic views – and there is plenty to that. From brightly colored flowers and ferns growing wild to manicured tea estates. And if luck favors, you might even catch a glimpse of some exotic wildlife; rare birds, wild goats, Indian civet cats and maybe some foxes and snakes, as well. There are also streams running down the hillside that you can play around in.Ponmudi tourist places
The Meenmutty waterfalls are the highpoint of this excursion. Located roughly a kilometer away from the hill station, the falls can be reached by foot and by road. The trek involves an adventurous walk through the forest, where you cross a bubbling stream, and scamper over huge boulders and stride under the shadows of tall trees. The experience will remain with you for years to come. The road trip is downhill, through winding roads and hairpin bends.
The pool at the waterfalls is crystal clear, but don’t venture too deep into the water. A little downstream the gurgling rivulets forms smaller waterfalls and pools that are safe for swimming. The water tumbles over huge rocks and is shallow enough to wade through.
Kallar means river of rocks, and true to its name, the place has huge rocks jutting out of the water. The rocks have smoothened with age, and are safe to walk over. In fact, the river is quite shallow and you can safely tread in the waters.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, then this is something fun you can try. The Agasthyakoodam trek starts at Kallar village and finishes at the base of the Meenmutty Waterfalls.
You can also try the Ponmudi trekking through the streams of Seethatheertham in Ponmudi. It is believed by the locals that there's a footprint of Goddess Seetha in Seethatheertham. If you are lucky enough, you might come across herds of elephants and gaurs. The ticket charges for the Seethatheertham trek varies depending on the number of trekkers.
A nominal entry fee is to be paid to enter Ponmudi, so carry some cash to pay for it. Also take along water, juices, and snacks, as there is not much to be found there in terms of food other than a Government run cafeteria.
Entry to the Ponmudi is restricted between 9:00 – 17:00 hours. There is a plastic ban in place, so don’t carry plastic bags and carry your garbage back.
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