Ponmudi: Wonderful Hilly Retreat of Western Ghats

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Ponmudi, is also called Golden peak and is a part of western ghats. It is   a  small hill station, only   3  hours drive   and is the perfect choice. It is situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the drive to the hilly retreat is the most scenic.  Natives in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram will always say that weekend drive to ponmudi is the best way to spend time. Families  and Friends groups are known to go on long drive through winding road and through the thriving hills and sweepings valleys of the Western Ghats, leading up to Ponmudi from Trivandrum.
Most Flora and   Fauna can be seen here including mountain flowers, wild orchids and exotic butterflies. The climate of the place is very pleasant and most part of the year this place is covered with thick mist. A large number of cottages and resorts have come up in the area, tourists can enjoy all essence of nature and its beauty while staying. The tree house view tower is another great place to visit here in Ponmudi.

A special attraction of the ponmudi is meenmuty-Kallar waterfall, One can always stopover at the breath-taking Kallar river on the way. This River flows parallel to the road in the opposite direction, and Meenmutty Waterfalls only a little distance ahead. A good part of this space is covered with dense forest and can be reached only after covering these forest. And the wildflowers growing on the banks of brooks just adds to the overall beauty. The waterfall cascade down and series of boulders to form a large pool. Then cold water flowing through rocks is a beautiful sight. Kallar is also a popular and favorite destination for bird watchers.

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Golden Valley doesn’t involve any trek to reach the place. The highlight here is the gushing water of Kallar River, which is perfect for a dip. Also, the place is strewn with golden-hued stones and pebbles which can be the reason behind the name of this place.
Wildlife enthusiasts rejoice, because Ponmudi is home to Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, rich in flora, fauna. The terrain of this sanctuary is hilly, with the beautiful Karamana river meandering through it. The most commonly spotted animals here are the elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, Nilgiri langur, and macaques.

 

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If you drive around Ponmudi, a stop at Bonacaud is highly recommended. Covering 2,500 acres, it has forests, waterfalls, streams and tea plantations. It also serves as a base for the popular trek to Agasthyakoodam Peak – the second highest peak in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 6,128 feet, the trek to Agasthyakoodam is done over two days. However, permits are to be obtained from the forest office at Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. A dip in the cool yet pure water that flows through this area is truly worth the effort. One could also avail the facilities provided by the District Tourism Promotion Council at Kallar, including: rest rooms, the dining hall and bathrooms.
 

PONMUDI OFFERS BEAUTIFUL TREKKING TRAILS

 

Varayadumotta


Ponmudi offer great trails to many wonders in nature. Varayamuttom is the most popular treking trails in ponmudi offers the panorasmic view of the hills along with Nilgiri Thar. Nilgiri Thar is known as Varayadu. It is a full day long treking program and climbing the mountain 1100m high. The base of the trek is the evergreen shola forest.

 

Seethatheertham


Trekking to the stream of Seethatheertham in Ponmudi is a 4 km trekking programme ponmudi. We can find the ruins of temples and can also see the footprints of Goddess Seetha, and once the goddess satiated her thirst in this river as it is believed by the locals. The herds of elephants and gaurs can be spotted here.

 

Manachala


Manachala is a 6 km trekking programme to the base camp of Varayadumotta Peak organized by Ponmudi Ecotourism. A guide will accompany You during trekking.
 

Maruthwamala


It is an offseason trekking programme which will be conducted by Ponmudi Eco-tourism to the interior of forests of the Western Ghats region of Ponmudi.

Ponmudi is the ultimate destination for all those who wish to experience nature at its best. There are 22 hairpin bends to route the hill station. The authorities of the forest department had placed a board welcoming tourists to the hill station. They had also issued special instructions in the interest of those who love the the forests as well and requested the visitors to be responsible.