Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi (The Golden Peak) is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala and is located 61 km north-east of Trivandrum city at an altitude of 1100 m. It is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. A narrow winding road offering scenic views on the way to Ponmudi. Climate is pleasant year-round. One of the attractions is Tea gardens near by .
Nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport – 71 Kms
Nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central – 63 kms
Main bus terminal: Thiruvananthapuram, about 63 km
Nearest Bus Stations Nedumangad and Vithura. KSTRC buses to Ponmudi from either Thiruvananthapuram (Thampanoor) or from Nedumangad. KSERC operates daily bus service from Trivandrum to Ponmudi, (some of the services go up to upper sanitorium), usually takes up to 4 hours to reach(one way). There are chances sometimes to disrupt the bus services sometimes by landslides and bad condition of roads.It is an advengre game for bike racing.
Ponmudi from Varkala beach: about 59 km
Ponmudi from Kovalam beach: about 64 km
Near to Ponmudi
Kallar: A popular tourist destination near Ponmudi. River Kallar here offers a good picnic spot in the form of Golden Valley. there are options to trek in the adjoining forests. The Meenmutti waterfall is a major draw at Kallar.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary spread over 53 sq. km. in the Western Ghats is accessible from Vithura. With its rich flora and fauna, Peppara dotted with hillocks and forests is a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad: This ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. Museums of folklore and numismatics are its major attractions, besides the traditional architecture and layout of the palace.
The Folklore Museum here is a treasure trove of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk art etc. Displayed in the Koyikkal Palace, they focus attention on the cultural background of the State.
In the Numismatics Museum housed in the palace, one can see coins belong to different parts of the world as well as to different eras. The rare and historically valuable collection of coins gives an insight into the trade relations of the State. Among the exhibits is the most valuable Indian coin - the 2500-year-old Karsha and Rasi, as also the world's smallest coins.
On the way to Koyikkal Palace one can take deviation to visit the Aruvikkara Dam which supplies drinking to the city of Thiruvananthapuram. The dam site offers excellent panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
Ponmudi Attractions:- Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road, you can see.. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. It offers visits of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees. A deer park and a wireless station is also there in Upper sanitarium.
Accommodation :- Hotel Golden Peak (KTDC) in the upper sanitarium, is the only resort available for stay in Ponmudi.Due to its proximity to the main city of Thiruvanthapuram and lack of accommodation options tourists usually prefer to stay in the city and make a one day trip to Ponmudi though the early morning Winter season offers the best scenery.
A great escape from the city, this beautiful hill station offers the options of walks through greenery, treks, lovely picnic spots and more. one can take in the beauty of the mist-laden hills, the many moods of the hills and the variety of flora and fauna can be enjoyed through pleasant walks in and around the Ponmudi.