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Exploring Ponmudi in Kerala

Written By: Akshatha Vinayak

Just imagine the smell of fresh air, greenery all around with the chirruping of birds! Yes, the hill station of Ponmudi in Kerala is an untouched destination. A journey of 56km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram takes us to this serene abode.

Ponmudi which is also called as the 'Golden Peak' is a part of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The picturesque vistas of forests, tea estates and the Kallar River attracts tourists year-round. Once an offbeat place, Ponmudi has now developed as one of the top trekking destinations in Kerala.

Ponmudi in Kerala

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Yeah, the zig-zag hilly trails accompanied by small streams offer a great escape in the wilderness. The vast horizons of tropical forests create a magical ambience making the place very beautiful. Hence, it is a must to visit Ponmudi on your trip to Thiruvananthapuram.

Tourist Attractions in and around Ponmudi

Ponmudi serves as a base camp for many trekking and camping expeditions. Travellers love to explore the beautiful trekking trails in Ponmudi. Hence, it is slowly gaining popularity as one of the best trekking places in Kerala.

Ponmudi in Kerala

Views From Ponmudi
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The hill station of Ponmudi has many tourist attractions apart from the hiking trails and camping spots.

Golden Valley

Golden Valley located around Kallar River is one of the mesmerising spots in Ponmudi. Here you will be enchanted by the idyllic surroundings along the banks of Kallar River.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of Karamana River is a beautiful attraction. This wildlife sanctuary along with Peppara Dam and Reservoir is one among the must-visit places in Ponmudi.

Ponmudi in Kerala

Menmutty Falls
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Menmutty Falls

Menmutty Falls near Ponmudi (Thiruvananthapuram) is a seasonal waterfalls. It is formed by the Kallar River and a scenic attraction near Ponmudi.

Deer Park is yet another spot located on the banks of Kallar River. The Deer Park is managed by the Government of Kerala and it is one of the prominent places to visit in Ponmudi.


The Agastyamalai Biosphere Reserve is one of the ecological zones which is located near Ponmudi. Agastyamalai Trek is open for public only for 2 months in a year. To know more -click on- Agastyamala Trek Experience

Ponmudi with rich flora and fauna is an enticing place. It is also a bird watchers paradise as the hills are an abode for various species of birds. Therefore, it is not just a heaven for nature lovers but also an interesting spot for photography enthusiasts. So, never miss a trip to one of the captivating locales near Thiruvananthapuram.

Ponmudi in Kerala

Vistas of Ponmudi

How to Reach Ponmudi

Ponmudi is around 56km from Thiruvananthapuram and it is accessible by road. Hence, it has become on of the best weekend getaways from Thiruvananthapuram.

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