Ponmudi, which means the Golden Peak, is a hill station in Thiruvananthapuram. The ancient land of Ponmudi was founded by the legendary mythological figure, RishiParashuram. He threw his axe out into the Arabian Sea in sorrow that was brought by the meaningless devastation and brutality unleashed on the kshatriyas in a war. It is said that he had offered harsh penance on the Western Ghats. The culture of the people is largely influenced by its tradition and history.
The city is bathed in the generosity of the sun and rain. Hidden amidst the exotic species on the misty slopes of the Western Ghats is Ponmudi. Rolling at an altitude of 610 m, Ponmudi is the most peaceful of kerala hill stations. Ponmudi with its misty peaks is a hikers’ and trekkers’ paradise. It lies at a distance of 61 km and a one and half hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram. Ponmudi rejuvenates the mind and body.
People and Lifestyle
People stick to the original and traditional way of living, which is away from the glitter of the stressful city life. They are content and happy owing to their unfussy pleasures of life.
It is a popular shopping destination especially for those who are looking for Cashews, spices, Tea, Coffee, Banana chips, handicrafts, wooden idols etc.
The best time to visit Ponmudi is from November to March. There are many tourist places in Ponmudi, which can be explored by travelers like Menmuttyfalls, Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Krishna Swamy Temple. We can also go for trekking.
The cuisines are mouth-watering delights. Known as “Land of Spices”, food is spicy, hot and aromatic. Ayurvedic Herbs are also used to provide nutrition to the delectable food.
How to Reach Ponmudi
By Air: The nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is at a distance of 67 km. From there, you can take a cab or bus to Ponmudi.
By road: Ponmudi is linked to all major towns in South India. You can take buses, cabs etc to reach Ponmudi.
By train: The closest railhead is the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station at a distance of 61 km, from where you can take buses, cabs, auto rickshaws o reach Ponmudi.
There are plenty of accommodation facilities, from budget hotels to 5- star hotels. It fulfills any and every kind of accommodation requirement.
For those who wish to be surrounded by serenity and peaceful environment, this hill station is like a trip to heaven.