A hill station close to Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi in Kerala was always on my hit list due to its convenient location. Situated only 62 km from Thiruvananthapuram, I knew that I would make it to this exotic place sooner or later.
Far away from the city crowd and at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level, Ponmudi houses beautiful mountains, waterfalls, flowers and animals. So, I embarked my two day trip as a solo traveler to explore the golden peak. The Malayalam word "Ponmudi" translates into "Golden Peak" in English.
Travel details below:
- No of days: 2 days/1 night
- Mode of Transport: Personal car
The route followed from Thiruvananthapuram city: Vellayambalam - Peeroorkada - Nedumangad - Vithura- Kallar - Ponmudi.
I set out on my reliable car in pursuit of a great journey. I started off early as I love the early morning breeze. The roads were nice and clear surrounded by greenery. As I got into the forest area, it proved to be all the more fun to drive.
The roads continued to get better and the climate more pleasant once I passed the forest check post. I was able to accelerate and enjoy the pleasant route along the way, all set to reach my destination in a few hours.
On a whole, I experienced 22 hairpin curves along the way. Although this meant cautious driving, it was more like a red carpet driving for a motor road enthusiast like me. The twisted trails along with wholesome greenery actually contributed to the thrilling driving experience. I tried to keep up with the extreme safe end whenever I had to take a turn.
Along the way, the first halting spot was Meenmutti waterfalls. The unique thing about this waterfall is that the water falls from a height of 984 feet in three stages, thereby offering a splendid view. There was ample parking (paid) space over there. I had to walk quite a bit through the forest from the ticket counter. I loved the trekking part as the surroundings were awesome.
Another nearby attraction was the Golden Valley. So, that proved to be the next destination along the way. Based on the banks of river Kallar, the place is surrounded by lush green valleys and clear water. It gets its name from the golden sand found on this place.
There was a bathing point over there, where I took a nice bath before moving ahead. The Golden Valley gave me a good sneak of what lied ahead of me in the journey.
It was some more kilometers before I could reach the top of the hill. Driving through the narrow mountain roads, I finally made it to the top where I could get a nice aerial view of the entire valley. The undisturbed nature combined with the cool breeze and picturesque green slopes took away all my exhaustion.
I was all set to relax and rejuvenate. I spotted a good place on the top where there were a couple of guys already relaxing. I joined them and spent some good hours on the top feeling awesome in the company of the great surroundings.
PC : Balachand
With the day nearing close, I decided to stay at KTDC Golden Peak Ponmudi Resort. It turned out to be a nice place with good food, ambiance, and service. The rooms had nice interior along with the essential amenities such as telephone, television, bathroom, etc. I had a comfortable overnight stay.
With a complimentary breakfast on day two from KTDC Golden Peak Ponmudi Resort, I headed out to cover other attractions. I visited Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Echo Point and a couple of other trekking spots on my second day.
Located on the outskirts of Ponmudi, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is a home for some exotic animal species. A must visit place for animal lovers. Famous for its scenic beauty and echo phenomenon, Eco point sightseeing was great fun as well. With my visit to Ponmudi nearing an end, little did I realize that the journey to this exotic place was indeed a splendid risk in life!
PC : Rajiv R Nair
The return was pretty quick as I breezed my vehicle through the beautiful roads and made it back home in a matter of few hours. All along the way, I viewed nature's beauty through the windows of the car feeling delighted, but sad as well since I had to pave goodbye to this place. I felt lucky for those who were going up the hill since it was their turn to enjoy this beautiful place.