Ponmudi is a hill station in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. We had a fantastic time with the Team Aanavandi (KSRTC Blog) by visiting Ponmudi on a KSRTC bus from Thiruvananthapuram. The trip was organized by Team Aanavandi Trivandrum unit.
There were 17 members and all of them reached Trivandrum Central Bus Station on 03-12-2016 at 8.30 am. The trip started at 9.20 Am and reached back to Trivandrum by 5.30 Pm.
The way to Ponmudi itself offers great pictures of nature’s beauty and the views of mountains are really enticing. You can experience the calmness in local villages here and the natural springs, vivacious singing birds, flickering butterflies and vast tea plantations sprinkled with small lovely cottages are doubtlessly a feast to the eyes. The Travancore kings were the very first to build rest houses here. It was made as their summer retreat and only those from the royal family were allowed to stay there.
There are a lot of sightseeing places here availing leverage to the scope of Ponmudi tourism. A vast variety of orchids decorating the landscape is one of the main attractions. You can also enjoy the scenic allure of carefully maintained plantations like rubber, pepper tea, cardamom, etc. The invigorating rubber milk streaming out from rubber trees dropping into coconut shells is a common sight here. In almost every house here you can see plentiful rubber mats hanging.
Ponmudi is one of the ideal places for trekking due to the presence of large landscape blessed with remarkable forests and mountains. Varayattumotta is a place which can be chosen for trekking trails and 3 hours will be needed to reach here from Ponmudi which would be a great experience. Other attractions drawing tourists to Ponmudi are mist-laden valleys and bright colored stone and wood cottages. Deer Park which is a home for different type of deer is a must watch place in Ponmudi.
The only issue when it comes to Ponmudi tourism is the limitations in accommodation facilities. However, the availability of few guest houses and cottages from the Tourism Department alleviates this concern to a great extent. The tourists wishing to get accommodation here should reserve their beds in advance. You will have to pay rent for your stay here. However, the employees of Kerala Government and other state employees get some discounts.
Trivandrum Railway Station and Trivandrum International Airport, both are at a distance of about 60 km from Ponmudi. You can easily get the bus from Trivandrum bus stand directly to Ponmudi. And if you love biking or if driving is your craze, there are enough sign boards all along the way from Trivandrum which guides you to this breathtaking hill station.
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