Ponmudi is located in Trivandrum District of Kerala. It forms part of the Western Ghats that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. The main attraction of Ponmudi is the pleasant climate throughout the year. It extends the view of beautiful tea gardens all around the region. Dense green forest, wild animals, Kallar River, Golden Valley etc, enhances the beauty of the destination. The city is connected to Trivandrum by a narrow road that extends a scenic view on the way. It is good place for trekking and hiking. Motta peak, one of the peaks on Ponmudi is considered the good place for trekking.
Famous attractions of Ponmudi.
Golden valley: It is one of the must to visit tourist destination of Ponmudi. The valley is surrounded with blue hills and small rivers on all sides. The lust green forest area has tropical vegetation throughout the year. It is the home town for tea gardens scattered across the mountain. A wide range of animals dwell in the region.
Aaranmula Race: Aaranmula Temple festival is one of the popular festivals of the region. A boat race, more popularly known as snake race, is organized once in a year during the festival season in the month of August or September.
Agasthiyarkoodam: It is one of the most adventurous destinations of Ponmudi. This is highest peak in the Western Ghats Mountain region. It is most famous for trekking and trekking is opened only for three months. And trekking is accessible only with the permission and guidance of the Forest department of Kerala.
Meenmutti falls: The other major attraction of Ponmudi and the highlight is that the meenmutti falls is one among few waterfalls that brim with water throughout the year. It is found in the Agasthiyarkoodam.
Peppara wildlife Sanctuary: Sanctuary is open for the entire year. Apart from the usual animals, the wildlife sanctuary is specialized with rare species of Leopard and Elephant.
Apart from these attractions, a radio station and a deer park is seen in Upper sanatorium.
How to Reach Ponmudi
By Air – Nearby Airport – Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 67 Kms.
By Train – Nearby Railway station – Trivandrum Central at a distance of 60 kms
By Road – From Trivandrum road transport offered by public and private services