PONMUDI HILL RESORT
Ponmudi is a hill resort situated 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram. It is a two and a half drive from Thiruvananthapuram through narrow, winding ghat roads.
The resort is located 915 metres above sea level in a cool, green and wooded environment. You can see the patches of shola forests and estates around the resort and then get a panoramic view of mountain ranges, hills, valleys, small rivulets and springs from Ponmudi. The area has picturesque view points and trek paths.
The facilities at the resort include children's park, restaurant, beer parlour, conference hall, rooms and cottages. There are 14 rooms and 8 cottages available now on daily rent. The facility is being run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation from 2007 and the rental area given below.
Rates as on November 1, 2009. Taxes Extra
A 2 km drive up from the resort will take you to the upper sanatorium area of Ponmudi. This way you can get a 360 degree view of the mountain ranges of Western Ghats. The last vestiges of sholas, which harbour a wide range of species, can also be seen from there. Facilities forming part of the eco-tourism project is to come up there.
The resort now features a few forest trails which can test your bravery, if you are of my age or if you are a city dweller who had never been to the forests. Don't be surprised if you see a snake or two!
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