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    Waterfalls, Top Views & Tea: We’ve Rediscovered A New Hill Station To Escape To

    Aakanksha posted on 30 July

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    Hidden in the Western Ghats, in Kerala, Ponmudi is a lesser known hill station, and it’s worth a visit simply for the glorious view from the top.

    To The Top

    Just a two hour drive from Trivandrum, Ponmudi is not quite the hill station you might be used to. It’s quite literally, the top of a hill, and very little else in terms of infrastructure. But who’s complaining when there’s unobstructed views of the Western Ghats, eh? While the road to the peak is motorable, it’s an adventure to park the car half way up, and then walk. Best known for tea plantations, the trekking trails here are quite something else. And the best part is that most of the time, especially October to February, the fog and even really low rain clouds add that misty effect making it a really picturesque hike. The 22-hair-pin bends to the tops means that you’ll have to slow down on a bike or car. But it also means you have much more time to take in the beauty of the place. Still unspoiled compared to an Ooty or Munnar, expect waterfalls to splash onto the road, short cuts to involve crossing little rivulets and sometimes, jumbo elephants making the road their own. After all, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary does fall in the same territory. Oh, and did we mention that there are two gorgeous falls on the way as well?

    Go Chasing Waterfalls

    Yup, the Kallar and Meenmutty Falls must be a pitstop to marvel at. But don’t go wandering off upstream on your own. Hire a guide from the tourist department, and enjoy it even more so, knowing you won’t get lost. The Kallar one is easier to get too as it’s not too far off the road, but the Meenmutty one, more dramatic as it’s three-tiered, is slightly tricky to reach. When you’re done chasing waterfalls, make your way to the Golden Valley {or better still the Golden Peak} which is a lone peak which is worth the climb up to. At the top, go crazy with your camera as if you’re lucky the mist and low clouds will give you the feeling of floating {much like the Floating Mountains of China, made famous in the film Avatar}. Want to stay the night? Book a room at The Golden Valley Resort, courtesy TTDC. Comfy cottages dot the hillside, and at INR 2,000 a night, it’s rather a good bargain. See, no need to go to Pandora, just go to good old Kerala.

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