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Ponmudi (The Golden Peak) is a hill station at an altitude of 1100 m & located 61 km north-east of the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala . The climate is pleasant year-round. Trivandrum serves as a base for trekking and hiking. There are also tea gardens in the area. Ponmudi is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. And It is connected to Trivandrum by a narrow winding road offering scenic views on the way to Ponmudi. Other attractions near Ponmudi include Golden Valley A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills.
The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees. And a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the ponmudi road. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. In Ponmudi there are lots of peaks, one of which is Motta peak, which is a famous for trekking. A deer park and a wireless station is also there in Upper sanatorium.
Another attraction in the region is Agasthyarkoodam, one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats, with the highest peak at 1868 m.
Meenmutty Falls is also a famous attraction in the area. This peak is famous for its wilderness, and can be accessed only with the Forest Department’s permission. Hotel Golden Peak in the upper sanatorium under Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC) is the only hotel available for stay in Ponmudi.Due to its proximity to the main city of Trivandrum and lack of accommodation options tourists usually prefer to stay in the city and make a one day trip to Ponmudi though the early morning scenery especially during the winter season is worth feeling. Ponmudi is near to Braimore, which is also a tourist place.