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“A bliss high up in Ponmudi”

Ponmudi Hill Station
Ranked #82 of 1,118 things to do in Kerala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Stayed for a weekend at Ponmudi's tea estate, which was built by the British. Truly a remarkable view as well as the best place one can escape from Trivandrum's scorching heat in August. The estate had a beautiful garden full of different fruits, purple mangosteen, juicy jack fruit, fragrant guava etc. Love to go back any time...

6  Thank angica03
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Ponmudy is situated 62 kms away from Trivandrum with an altitude of 1100 m above the sea level. We, a group of four started journey from Trivandrum, Even though the road to Ponmudi is not wide, it haven't spoiled the essence of our journey. The path consists of 22 sharp hairpin bends which had added additional flavour to our trip. The driving experiance was great . On covering each hairpin bends the change in climate can be cleanly identified. Moreover Ponmudi is a part of Western Ghats. The name PONMUDY refers to GOLDEN VALLEY. On the pathways, many monkeys can be seen. Then comes tea plantations, it feels like green carpet placed through the mountains. While watching the mountains suddently mist (within seconds) will covers us and feels surroundings like a while galaxy, in addition to that, when we close our eyes we can enjoy pindrop of silence. On the top side of Ponmudi (where the road completly ends) on that day the temperature was extremely chilling me and was about 19 degree cel ( at mid noon about 1.30 PM) . Ponmudi is gifted with scenic splendor and natural beauty. Winter season starts here from the month of November to February. Temperatures drop substantially and they range from a minimum of 15°C and go up to a maximum of 24°C. December is the coldest part of the year and the travelers who visit the place during this time should bring appropriate winter clothing. Anyway this place is very apt for friends, family. Other attractions are Meenmutty waterfalls, Kallar etc. Anyway I liked this place very much. Otherthing is that only very limited number of rooms are available there, if anyone interested for a stay program they must book and confirm there rooms before there trip. It is ideal for one day trip.

11  Thank ananthukrishnan
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Ponmudi is a good destination if you are a group looking for a short drive and some great nature. Less than 80km from Trivandrum, a perfect location for a day trip. The road up hill was in good condition when we travelled, but I remember that it wasn't in such good a shape when we travelled couple of years ago.

Now, what you have up there is fantastic greenery and great view to the valley below the hills. Yes, you will find enough space to park. No, there is no washroom or restaurant up there(!). Read recently in a news paper that the rest facility 'inaugurated' by authorities seems to remain closed since inauguration. When we travelled, it wasn't there any way.

We had a good long walk / trek from one hill to another. Terrain is rocky with tall grass (watch out for snakes).

Over all, we enjoyed the trip. Will visit again.

8  Thank AnoopPV
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

This is an excellent location for those who love nature. You can actually see the clouds beneath your feet. Clean air and surrounded by mountain greenery. The uphill drive is amazing with excellent roads; especially the hairpin bends.
However the place lacks infrastructure for tourists. There is only one resort near this amazing tourist spot.
The food is terrible and accomodation is not upto the mark.
Recommended to carry your own food from trivandrum and possibly not worth an overnight stay

2  Thank LoveKing
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

There are a few hikes up at the top, no signs or assistance in that regard but we meandered off and found some and enjoyed walking around. Very much in a natural state. We were lucky to hit a windy day so no clouds or mists, but the pollution below is very clear. Kerala Tourism have just opened (Jan 15.13) an interpretation centre and cafeteria which should improve things a bit. There are 22 hairpins on the way up, not for those who tend to motion sickness! Tea factory has closed, tea plantations abandoned. Sad. Pass rubber plantations on the way up. Pass on the KTDC food option unless you hit a main meal time. Otherwise snacks are not good, coffee from a machine and service is incredibly slow. Not really worth the trip, especially having been to Munnar and Top Station.

6  Thank janecoad
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