Ponmudi Hills Of the many wonderful mountain channels that Kerala is endowed with, Ponmudi Hills is one special mountain position that is unique from the rest for its convenience and appeal. Running parallel to the majestic Arabian Sea, this small and simple Kerala hill station is a part of the Western Ghats and is endowed with incomparable natural beauty. This enchanting hill resort is home to some of the most beautiful tourist attractions that is wrapped up in the beauty and elegance of a pleasant weather and serene environmental conditions. The mist covered valleys, the tall White Mountains, the lush green meadows, the thick dense jungles and the cool pleasant air all come together to make you feel like you are in heaven. Kerala is known as ‘God’s own country’ because it is nothing less than the heaven, where Gods live. The calm peaceful atmosphere, the unmatched natural beauty, the rich cultural and historical heritage and friendly hospitable people makes it one of the best destinations for tourists, who come from far and wide places to get a slice of its majesty.
Ponmudi Hills is about 61 kms from the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. The word ‘Ponmudi’ in Malayalam means ‘golden crown’ and it rightly justifies the majesty of this place. It takes about an hour and a half from Thiruvanthapuram to reach this beautiful hill station where you leave behind the elegance of the beaches and enter into a world of total magical charm. Besides the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings around, some other places that you can visit out here are the Meenmutti waterfall, Agasthyarkoodam – the second highest peak in Kerala, the rich and dense forest in and around this peak which is rich in different medicinal plants and herbs, the Agasthya Vanam Biologial Park, the beautiful and picturesque Golden Valley, the sprawling tea, coffee and rubber plantations and many more. You will be overwhelmed with the beauty and simplicity of this place, and will make it a point to come back here again. The beautiful trails of this hill station is also ideal for trekking, giving you a golden opportunity to come closer to nature and understand it better.
One major attraction of this hill station is the annual celebration of Aaranmula Boat Race which is held in the month of August and September. There are also some sacred temples like Aaranmula Temple, the Janardanaswamy temple which is more than 2000 years old etc. Located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level, this hill station is ideal for trekking and hiking. It would be a once in a lifetime experience to go for nature excursions in this hills for the richness and naturalness that it offers. It is the best place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your hectic city life and spend some quiet, peaceful time in the lap of nature. It is also a famous picnic spot, both for the locals and the tourists. There are many other beautiful hill stations, beaches and cities located around this place, which would be a continuation of your fun.