🚶‍♂️ A 2-Day Travel Itinerary for a Famous

hill station in southern most state of India

Hey explorer, 

It's the same morning, same steaming temperature, same early morning noise, and everything, for that matter, remained the same. Yet, my mind kept thinking. It is so tired of all the fast-moving life around me and how that's controlling our lives. 

So, it (my mind) came up with a plan to take a short break to Ponmudi in Kerala from this boring and tiring life. But why only Ponmudi, not Munnar or Wayanad? Let's see. 

Why Ponmudi?

Imagine you live in a concrete jungle where coming out of the house means facing boiling temperatures and returning home with a wet shirt. And living in a city means getting used to honking cars and crowded streets. You are so tired of this that you take a moment on your way to shop and say, " I need a place to unwind."

That's where Ponmudi comes in. It's a hidden gem in the mountains. Here, rolling green hills meet misty peaks, and waterfalls come down lush slopes, and many more. It's a place where you can swap traffic jams for trekking adventures and noisy sirens for the sweet melody of birds singing.

Hey Hey!

How about we learn something each time we discover a new place or break down the history of a place you might have heard once at least?

Kudos if you answered "The Princes of Hill Stations" to the last question. Let's see if you can get this also right.

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Ponmudi's history goes with the notable reign of the Travancore kings. While the exact timeline remains unclear, it's believed settlements existed here during their rule. Legends mention sage Parasurama as the founder. While British influence is still there in some parts, Ponmudi thrives as a popular tourist destination today. 

Sitting in the middle of the Western Ghats, Ponmudi has a scenic terrain with towering hills, green valleys, and waterfalls. Varayadumotta Peak is the highest point, while the slopes of these lands welcome you with tea and spice plantations watered through natural sprints and flowing rivers. 

The local culture in Ponmudi reflects the warmth and hospitality that Kerala is well-known for. The way of life here revolves around nature and tradition. Villagers engage in agriculture, with a focus on spice cultivation. Festivals like Onam and Vishu are joyous moments celebrated grandly

Malayalam is the primary language spoken in Ponmudi. However, due to increasing tourism, English is widely understood and spoken in tourist areas, making communication convenient for visitors. Yet, learn a few of the daily phrases from below. 

- Namaskaram (നമസ്കാരം) - Hello / Greetings
- Ente peru (എന്റെ പേര്) - My name is 
- Shubha raathri (ശുഭ രാത്രി) - Good night
- Vaayikkaamo? (വായിക്കാമോ?) - Shall we read?
- Njan parayunnu (ഞാൻ പറയുന്നു) - I'm saying
- Ningal evideyaanu? (നിങ്ങൾ എവിടെയാണ്?) - Where are you?
- Sukhamano? (സുഖമാണോ?) - Are you fine?
- Nanni (നന്ദി) - Thank you
- Vannallo (വന്നല്ലോ) - Welcome
- Snehikkunnu (സ്നേഹിക്കുന്നു) - I love you
- Kshamikkumo? (ക്ഷമിക്കുമോ?) - Will you excuse me?
- Prayathnam cheyyamo? (പ്രയത്നം ചെയ്യാമോ?) - Shall we try?
- Njan onnu vangichu (ഞാൻ ഒന്ന് വാങ്ങിച്ചു) - I bought one
- Ullil vannu (ഉള്ളിൽ വന്നു) - Came inside

Ponmudi offers a break from the scorching Kerala heat. Blessed with a pleasant climate year-round, Summers are warm with occasional showers, while winters are mild and pleasant. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and can be misty. The ideal time to visit Ponmudi is between November and March

Discovery Checklist

Ponmudi is so good that it will make you want to enjoy every bit. However, since it is a budding tourist destination and given the situation that many people do not know, sometimes you might also end up scratching your head when you do not have a perfect plan. So, some must-do things while you are here include:

- Explore the quiet Golden Valley
- Visit Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Trek to the peak of Varayadumotta
- Enjoy a boat ride along the Kallada River
- Take a refreshing dip in Meenmutty Waterfalls

Some must-visit places around Ponmudi are:

- Kallar - 16 km
- Mankayam - 40 km
- Golden Valley - 16 km
- Trivandrum City - 71 km
- Meenmuty Waterfalls - 16 km
- Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary - 50 km

Do not forget to buy aromatic spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns, Kerala Kasavu (traditional saree of Kerala), freshly harvested tea or coffee powder, and handmade souvenirs on your way back home. 

Travel Itinerary

Note: This is a general itinerary, combining cultural experiences and adventure. It provides a well-rounded exploration of this hidden gem. You can make adjustments as per your preferences, local events, and weather conditions.

A Guide to WH Questions


Ponmudi is easily accessible by road from Trivandrum City, the nearest major airport and railway station (around 70 km). Then hire a taxi or use the state-run buses Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses to get to Ponmudi. 


Ponmudi caters to all types of travelers in terms of accommodation and eateries. However, the prices for stay options can still be expensive. Check out some of our recommendations below:

  • Accommodation

- KTDC Golden Peak - It's a 4.1-star rating hotel 
- Hill View Stay Inn - It's a 4.3-star rating hotel
- Ponmudi Valley Resort - It's a 3.4-star rating hotel 

  • Eateries 

- KTDC Orchid Restaurant - Best for both veg and nonveg items. 
- Ponmudi Tea Stall - Best for evening snack items and beverages. 
- Ponmudi River Restaurant - Best for nonveg items. 

- Kappa and Meen Curry: Steamed tapioca served with a fish curry.
- Avial: A vegetable stew cooked with coconut milk and a blend of spices.
- Ela Ada: Sweet pancakes made with rice flour and jaggery.
- Sadhya: A traditional vegetarian feast served on a banana leaf.
- Karimeen Fry: Pearlspot fish, a local specialty, fried to crispy perfection.

Travel Tips

- Book your trekking tours or wildlife safaris in advance. 
- Trip in the dry season for friendly weather and ideal trekking conditions. 
- Pack comfortable footwear for trekking and light clothes with rain gear. 
- Always carry some cash with you since card payments aren't an option. 

Safety Tips

- Always follow designated trails and trek with a guide. 
- Wear semi-traditional wear when visiting temples or religious sites.
- Be cautious near waterfalls due to slippery rocks and strong currents.

Travel Expenses

The cost of your trip depends on your chosen travel style, accommodation, and activities. Considering stay, food, and travel charges, a budget traveller might need ₹3,000 to ₹4,500 a head per day


As the mist clears and you take one last look at the captivating landscapes of Ponmudi, you will carry a piece of its calm within you. This hidden gem is more than just a hill station but is more of a chance to reconnect with nature and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy the local flavors, and go on your Ponmudi adventure. You won't be disappointed, I promise!

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