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Ponmudi

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Also known as the Golden Peak, Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala is located 61 km north-east of Thiruvananthapuram city at an altitude of 1,100 metres. Thiruvananthapuram serves as the base for trekking and hiking and with the climate being year-round pleasant travel to this place calls for a thrilling experience. Various other attractions near Ponmudi include Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation.

A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Agasthyarkoodam, one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats is another attraction of the destination and it is famous for its wilderness and can be accessed only with the permission of the Forest Department’s permission. Meenmutty Falls is another attraction in the area.

Thiruvananthapuram being home to various ancient and historic Hindu temples, ashrams and other religious places, is known as the land of Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy or Lord Vishnu. Some of the major places of religious significance in Thiruvananthapuram include the Sree Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple, Attukal Devi Temple, Neyyattinkara Temple of Lord Krishna, and Vellayani Devi Temple are a few.

Located in the middle of a lake in Kasargod district of Kerala, around four km from Kumbala, Ananthapura Lake Temple is the only lake temple in Kerala. This temple is believed to be the original seat of Ananthapadmanabha Swami. As per legend, it is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down.

The temple’s lake is also home to a crocodile, which is supposed to be the guard of the temple. When one dies, another mysteriously takes its place. The temple lake or tank in which the sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 feet square (about 2 acres).

How to reach there
  • By Air: Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
  • By Rail: Nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central.
  • By Road: Nearest bus stations are Nedumangad and Vithura. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSTRC) runs buses to Ponmudi from either Thiruvananthapuram (Thampanoor) or Nedumangad.
  • Where to stay: Hotel Golden Peak under Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC) is the only hotel in Ponmudi. While in Thiruvanthapuram there is Coconut Bay Resort, Palmleaves Beach Resort, etc.
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