Ponmudi the salubrious land of hills is lovingly called as ‘Golden Peak’ is one of the most popular hill town located in the capital city of the state, Kerala. It is one of such hill station which is located proximity to the sea in Trivandrum. It has an altitude of 3000 feet above the main sea level which has superb cool climate. Numerous vacationers from all over the globe visit this splendid hill town in order to hibernate from the scorching heat of the summer. Lovingly identified as ‘Ours Ooty’ this hill base offers rolling green hills, dense rain forests and the picturesque landscape with snowy mist covered makes this spot a day dream spot for the tourist.
This picturesque hill-station showcases abundant blooming hills, breathtaking ambiguous roads, active singing birds, natural springs, colorful butterflies, all-inclusive expanses of aroma and tea plantations brindled with small built yet appealing cottages. There is not an individual visitor that has not been left spell bound by the rhythm of the avian orchestra and the green shades of thriving greeneries that Ponmudi is accepted for.
The top station in this hill station is one of the must see place where the Kings of Travancore where first to build some rest houses. This splendid rest house was built by them to enjoy and have a pleasant stay during the summer and only the royal kings and their people were allowed here. The locals were not allowed here, now this place is also a regiment of Indian Army thus private hotels and resorts not allowed to built here. This scenic spot is also ideal for trekking and allure tourist who loves adventure.
Golden Valley is a must visit site which easily allure all the vacationers from all over the globe. It is an accepted tourist allure and it offers amazing view of abundant blooming forests and blooming vegetation. Abounding small waterfalls and streams can be apparent in the area, especially during the monsoon season. The Kallar River can be accomplished through the Golden Valley and there are abounding breed of animals that abide the mountains. The river is an abode for picnics and its cool water is ideal to dip your feet and enjoy.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, situated on the outskirts of Ponmudi, is a preserve advance beyond 53 sq km and hosts array of wild animals and birds like Asian elephants, sambar, leopards, lion-tailed macaques, Malabar blah hornbills, etc. It’s truly delight for the travelers visiting this wonderful region of Ponmudi.
Things to Do
Trekking and Adventure – Kallar is a renowned tourist destination abreast Ponmudi. The River Kallar actuality offers an acceptable picnic spot in the form of Golden Valley. Here, there are options to trek in the abutting forests. The Meenmutti Fall is a major and prime draw at Kallar.
Jungle Safari and Wildlife– Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary has an arresting dam site confined as its gateway. The dam foundation is an accepted picnic spot, which comes with a watchtower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating is acceptable experience in the reservoir lake. The elephant rehabilitation centermost at Kottoor here is as well worth a visit.
Priyadarshini Planetarium – Opened in 1994 to the public, this is one of most handy planetariums in the country. The capital GM-11 star field projector here can project almost all the capacity of the arresting universe. It can as well simulate the star-studded night sky over any region on the earth, on any day up to 12,500 years back or 12,500 years into the future.
Ponmudi is one of the nearest hill stations towards the capital city of Kerala, i.e. Trivandrum and is blessed with cool climate throughout the year. Though it is visited by the tourist throughout the entire year, but November to May is considered as the best time to explore this hill station.