Situated in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, Ponmudi is approximately 685 km away from Bengaluru. Its altitude is 1100 metre above sea level, and the elegance of this part of western ghats run parallel to the Arabian Sea. Weekend getaway plans, anyone? By Divyansh Mehta

Being one of the ‘less-explored’ hill stations of South India, Ponmudi is a well-suited destination for weekend getaways from Bengaluru. With its picturesque landscape and pleasant temperature throughout the year, we would recommend, you visit this hidden gem of Kerala between September to February.

The road trip to Ponmudi offers an array of stunning views of nature. With Koyikkal Palace and Museum on the way, built in the 17th century, this place is known for its rich heritage, musical instruments, and models of folk art. Moving along the way, you can also indulge in adventurous activities such as trekking alongside the mighty Kallar river.

Meenmutty Falls, located just 3 km away from the Kallar main road, is one of the most attractive destinations in Ponmudi. Think of countless rivulets, natural pools and sparkling waterbodies — it’s a sight to behold.

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Apart from these, one attraction that catches the attention of every tourist is the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Both these sanctuaries attribute to the thick forest covering the region with a variety of flora and fauna. Moreover, you can also witness the sight of wild animals like leopards, Asian elephants and more.

Offering many eye-catching attractions, Ponmudi is one of the emerging hill stations for Kerala tourism. The government guest house facility in Ponmudi offers very comfortable and pocket-friendly accommodations for visitors. Although spot reservations are subject to availability, it is advised that reservation should be made before one starts from Thiruvananthapuram. The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has made an immense effort in expanding the lodges at this hill station.

The Golden Peak can be easily accessed by various means:

By Air: Trivandrum International Airport connects major cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.

By Road:

Bus and taxi service can be availed from the Trivandrum bus stand and Trivandrum Central station.

It is a 13-hour drive from Bangalore.

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