Places to Visit in Ponmudi
Ponmudi is a breathtaking hill station situated at the southern stretch of Western Ghats. Located within a short driving distance from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, Ponmudi literally means The Golden Peak. Runs parallel to the Arabian Sea, the place has pleasant climate round the year. Ponmudi serves as the best base for trekking, hiking, and tea garden areas. The landscape of Ponmudi is an interspersing of valleys and hills with a lush green vegetation, forestland, plantation, and many attraction to see.
5 Km from the city center settled along the banks of Kallar River; Golden Valley is a picturesque location idyllic for its lush green valley, crystal clear water and golden sand. Visit this enchanting place that makes for a relaxed picnic-spot.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Open all year round, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located within the catchment area of the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River. The sanctuary rich in flora and fauna offers a natural habitat to around 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 27 species of fishes.
The commonly found animals here are the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, deer, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, etc.
Menmutty Falls is located in the district of Thiruvananthapuram that is around 45 km from the city centre of Thiruvananthapuram. From the main road of Kallar, this waterfall is about 3 km away. There are several small natural pools located near to the waterfall. In order to reach the place, one has to take a long trek that passes through dense forests, upon receiving special permission from the Forest Department. Facilities for trekking are easily provided at Kallar Vana Samrakshana Samithi, which is a forest protection group at Kallar.
Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve
The Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve is another of the popular wildlife reserves of the region. The reserve is notified under the Man and Biosphere Programme, launched by UNESCO. This biosphere reserve covers a total area of 1701 Sq. km and the forest region covered by the reserve include areas of Neyyar, Peppara and Shendumey Wildlife Sanctuaries; as well as Achencoil, Thenmala, Konni, Punalur, Thiruvananthapuram Divisions and Agasthyavanam Special Division.