Waterfall

#1 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 16 km from Ponmudi Bus Station, Kallar Meenmutty Waterfalls is a magnificent waterfall located at Kallar village near Ponmudi, Kerala. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls near Trivandrum and among the must-visit places to be part of Ponmudi Tour Packages.

Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Meenmutty waterfall is a small waterfall formed over the Kallar River. Although the waterfall is pretty small in terms of height, the place gives a glimpse of natural beauty that attracts a large number of tourists every year. Numerous small natural pools are peppered near to this magnificent waterfall. One can find many attractive, round-shaped boulders and brightly-colored pebbles in the pools.

This serene view of water cascading from the golden peak of Ponmudi on the Western Ghats could be seen only after you take a long walk through the tropical woods. The 2-3 km trek begins downstream at the Kallar Village that takes around 1 hour. Reaching the place .....

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Nature

#2 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 16 km from Ponmudi Bus Station, Golden Valley is a charming place located at Kallar near Ponmudi, Kerala. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Ponmudi, especially people who want to spend some quality time amidst nature.

Settled along the banks of Kallar River, Golden Valley is a picturesque location known for its lush green valley, crystal clear water and golden sand. It is one of the must-visit attractions for every traveler as part of the Ponmudi Tour. The Vamanapuram River takes the name Kallar, literally 'the river of stone', as the riverbed and banks here are crowded with boulders, rocks and smooth pebbles of all shapes, sizes, and colours. The valley has been named after the pebbles and golden stones present at this place. This is also the place where the monsoons form a seasonal confluence of the Kallar river with a tributary.

Golden Valley is an ideal location to spend with family and friends as it offers calm ambiance, meadows for children .....

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Waterfall | Nature

#3 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 40 km from Ponmudi and 43 km from Trivandrum, Manakayam is an eco-tourism spot situated near Palode in Nedumangadu taluk of Trivandrum district, Kerala. It is one of the popular eco-tourism places near Trivandrum and among the top places to visit in and around Ponmudi.

Mankayam eco-tourism center is situated at Peringamala Section in Palode Forest Range under Thiruvananthapuram Forest Division. The Mankayam River, a tributary of Chittar River, flows through this scenic tourist spot. Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Mankayam acts as the focal point for a huge array of picnic spots in the area.

Situated at an altitude of around 500 m, Manakayam is known for its picturesque milky cascades. The undulating terrain with rocky patches shelters the Kalakkayam Waterfall, one of the biggest falls in this .....

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Adventure

#4 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 48 km from Trivandrum and 33 km from Ponmudi Bus Station, Varayadu Motta is a mountain ridge located in Ponmudi, Kerala. It is one of the popular places of trekking in Ponmudi.

Situated at a height of 1100 m, Varayadumotta is the highest peak in the Ponmudi ranges. Also known as Varayadumudi and Varayattumutti, the place derived its name from Nilgiri tahr / Varayadu, as this place is a favorable home for mountain goats (Nilgiri Tahr) in acute population. Varying elevation and peculiar shape of this hill is unique in the world. It is a protected mountain ridge situated in between Ponmudi hills, Palode (Brimore) hills, and Kallar valley. It includes 13 peaks and the second peak is the highest in Varayadumotta.

Varayudu Motta is the third adventurous trekking in South India after Meesapulimala and Agastyarkoodam. The trekking level can be from moderate to tough. Tough for first-timers, but they will never forget the experience for a long time. The ridge is a protected .....

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Adventure

#5 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 44 km from Ponmudi and 62 km from Trivandrum, Agasthyakoodam is a mountain peak situated near Ponmudi. It is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and among the popular trekking places in Ponmudi.

Perched at an altitude of 6201 feet, Agasthyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala after Anamudi near Munnar (8842 feet). The mountain is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed to be the abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara as well as of the sage Agastya, a disciple of Shiva. There is a small shrine on the mountain top with an idol of Agasthya rishi and during the Agasthyarkoodam trekking season, people perform pujas here. The hill range is now declared as Agasthya Vanam Biological Park covering an area of 23 sq. km. Also, it is the source of River Kallar.

Apart from being a popular pilgrimage site, Agasthyakoodam is a paradise for ardent trekkers. It is a 20 km long trek which can be completed in 2-3 days. The trekking expedition .....

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Wildlife

#6 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 32 km from Ponmudi and 40 km from Trivandrum, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located near Ponmudi in Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and among the must-visit places in Ponmudi.

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Peppara Dam which is commissioned in 1983 to augment the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram city and suburban areas. The area was formerly a part of the Paruthippally range of the Thiruvananthapuram territorial division. Considering the ecological significance of the area, it was declared a sanctuary in 1983. The terrain is undulating with elevation ranging from 100 m to 1717 m. The area of the sanctuary is 75 sq. km with tropical moist evergreen forests and myristica swamps. It consists of part of the Palode reserve (24 sq.km) and part of Kottoor reserve (29 sq. km).

Open all year round, the sanctuary rich in flora and fauna offers a natural habitat .....

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City

#7 of 7 Places to Visit in Ponmudi

At a distance of 85 km from Kanyakumari, 385 km from Coimbatore, 204 km from Kochi, 400 km from Trichy, 266 km from Madurai, 770 km from Chennai, 622 km from Mangalore and 746 km from Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala and the headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram district. It is also one of the popular Kerala places to visit. The city and the suburbs cover an area of about 250 sq. km, situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

Thiruvananthapuram means City of Lord Anantha in Sanskrit and Malayalam. The name derives from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple situated in the city. Trivandrum is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland.

The city once formed a part of the kingdom of Travancore, which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram. .....

Distance (From Ponmudi): 57 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ponmudi - Including Travel): Full Day
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Most Asked Questions on Ponmudi


  • What is the best season to visit Ponmudi?

    Winter seasons from November to March is the best time to visit Ponmudi when the climate is extremely pleasant and welcoming. This is the time the whole place looks mesmerizingly beautiful enveloped in mist.

  • How many days are required to visit Ponmudi?

    Ponmudi usually takes full day to visit the most important attractions. There are several wonderful destinations to visit near Ponmudi like Trivandrum, Kovalam and Kollam that can be visited by adding additional few days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Ponmudi?

    Budget of Ponmudi trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Ponmudi tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5300 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7900 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Ponmudi?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Ponmudi like Kallar Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, Mankayam, Varayadumotta, Agasthyakoodam, Peppara Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. Trivandrum which is 53 km from Ponmudi and can be visited along with Ponmudi.