The hills are calling. Where are you ? – The new Indian Express
Express press service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ponmudi is one of the most popular hill stations in the capital. During the ride through rocky roads lined with shrubs and greenery, you can feel the wild breeze in your hair. The road has over 20 hairpin bends, but the bends are worth it. It’s a great way to free your mind from the dullness of everyday life. Ponmudi, or the Golden Hills, is that quick getaway you crave when work and city life get too hectic.
Along the way you are greeted by small streams with choppy waters, unless you are visiting during peak summers. If it rains, a blanket of mist is likely to kiss the hills, making them cool and comfortable. The hill station is part of the Western Ghats and runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. Ponmudi is bordered by lush forests and will help you breathe and think better.
One can always stop at the breathtaking Kallar River on the way, which flows parallel to the road in the opposite direction. The scenic Meenmutty waterfalls are a bit further and you can hike there. The climate of Ponmudi is pleasant throughout the year, so it is open all the time, except in case of rain or warnings issued by the authorities. Tea and spice plantations adorn the hill station with their verdant tranquility.
How to reach
KSRTC bus services serve Ponmudi. Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 61 km
Where to stay
The only accommodation option in Ponmudi is the Government Guest House. It includes a restaurant and a KTDC beer lounge.
For your taste buds
Explore local tea stalls and hotels down the hill station that sell local cuisine