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Going to hill stations for a vacation during summers has become a sort of a norm. But for trekkers and hikers, who are always on the look out for cool places to explore this summer, Ponmudi is like a jackpot for them. Also Read - Kerala Assembly Session Underway: Congress-led UDF Creates Ruckus, Stages Walkout
Ponmudi, a quaint hill station in Kerala away from crowd, is a haven for trekkers and hikers. Located at an altitude of 1100 metres above the sea level, Ponmudi is part of Western Ghat ranges, that run parallel to Arabian sea. Comprising of hills, forests and valleys, Ponmudi makes for a perfect summer retreat for nature lovers. Also Read - Bird Flu: Kerala Announces Compensation For Poultry Farmers, Centre Deploys Teams in States | Key Points
Here are three simple ways to reach Ponmudi:
The nearest airport to Ponmudi is Trivandrum international airport, at the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Trivandrum airport is well connected to all the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi or Chennai by air. Once you reach Thiruvanthapuram, Ponmudi is 61 kms from there and could be easily reached by boarding a KSTRC bus. If you drive from Trivandrum airport to Ponmudi, you are bound to reach in a couple of hours.
Be it by air or by rail, Trivandrum is the closest city to Ponmudi. Its proximity to Trivandrum makes it very easily accessible. If you are travelling from Mumbai, you could board Mumbai CST – Tirunelveli Premium Special which takes 30 hours to reach Trivandrum station. If you are travelling from Delhi, Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin – Trivandrum Central Rajdhani Express will drop you to Trivandrum in 24 hours.
Other than Trivandrum, which is just 61 kms from Ponmudi, the hill station is easily accessible by road from other cities in Kerala like Kollam, Allepey and Palakkad. From Tamil Nadu, Nagercoil at a distance of 112 kms from Ponmudi, is the nearest city by road. It is not advisable to travel by road if you are travelling from Chennai as it is 716 kms from Ponmudi.