Ponmudi is the beautiful and probably the most peaceful hill station of Kerala, is located at a distance of about 58 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Ponmudi, a nature’s paradise, at an altitude of 1000 mts above the sea level amidst lush green vegetation with a quite surroundings, exotic fragrance of a variety of mountain flowers, butterflies and deer park presents a picture perfect holiday destination to you. The spectacular view of green hills, mist- covered valleys and beautiful stone cottages painted in violet, pink or white create a spellbound effect on your eyes and mind.
Ponmudi bestows with a memorable vacation worth lifetime. Different types of birds reverberate amidst the valleys and the aroma of the tea plantations and spice are the best to delve into and to comprehend this enthralling hill station. Ponmudi is dotted with a surfeit of sight seeing places, though it does not have significant tourist landmarks. The colorful butterflies and the tweeting birds can be seen at the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.
Things to do in Ponmudi
Ponmudi has a Deer Park and was referred previously as the Upper Sanatorium, while the narrow deflections leading to Ponmudi were referred to as the Lower Sanatorium. The lower sanatorium is an ideal place for tourist activity as it embraces various tourist lodges, guest resort and KTDC beer as well as food shops. The Deer Park, the mini Zoo and the Ponmudi Crest serve as beautiful picnic spots. Varca Beach is also one of the wonderful places for relaxation.
It is believed that Pygmy Elephants are spotted here. These are one of the rare elephant species found only in Africa. Ponmudi makes an ideal place for trekkers.
Aaranmula Boat Race : One of the major attractions for the tourist visiting the region is Aaranmula Boat Race organized every year at the village of Aaranmula during the month of August and September and is part of the Aaranmula Temple Festival.
Varkala Beach : Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2,000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions here
Shopping in Ponmudi
Ponmudi gives its visitors a wonderful opportunity to cleanse off mental and body exhaustion. Even simply strolling through Ponmudi enlightens your whole day. There are numerous stalls selling multitudes of things right from Kashmiri goods to crafts from Rajasthan.
However, the spice shops are filled with varieties of spices. The name Ponmudi means Golden Crown and is befitting as it beautifies the God’s country. This is expressed so because it is a gem studded in a kings temple. It is situated at a height of 3200 feet above sea level. Ponmudi bestows with experience of enveloped hills, plains and clouds that rejuvenates your cells.
Adventure in Ponmudi
The hills at Ponmudi are ideal for trekking. If you have a passion for trekking then the hill station of Ponmudi offer you with the best options. Numerous natural springs add to the beauty of the place and make Ponmudi an ideal and a beautiful picnic spot. A little further down the hill is the Golden Valley a little, scenic viewpoint.
Places To Stay in Ponmudi
Accommodation can be availed at Government Tourist Complex. The Complex consists of a guesthouse with many rooms, and ten small stone cottages sitting on the hillside named after famous Himalayan peaks.
How to Reach Ponmudi
The nearest airport and railway station to Ponmudi are at Trivandrum 61 km away. It is easily accessible by road buses and private taxis from most of the cities of Kerala. Private taxis and auto rickshaws are available for local travel.
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