After a long hiatus, Ponmudi hill station in Thiruvananthapuram district opens its doors to travelers. The popular tourist spot was off-limits to visitors due to restrictions triggered by COVID-19 and damaged roads.
Traffic on the winding road to Ponmudi Hill was banned as cracks were found near the 11th and 12th hairpin bends and the risk of landslides was high.
As the road repair works were not completed, there was uncertainty over whether visitors would be allowed to enter Ponmudi even during Christmas and New Years. Local MP DK Murali had asked the tourism minister of Kerala and the District Forester to open Ponmudi to tourists. A detailed petition raising the issue has also been submitted to the state Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Forests, as well as the police and tax authorities. Later, the issue was also highlighted at the district development committee meeting on December 27.
On the instructions of the district collector, the rural district police superintendent, MPO and tahsildar visited the affected area to provide an update. After the green light from the authorities, the decision was taken to open the Ponmudi tourist center from Wednesday. Security was put in place where the road posed a danger to travelers.
The misty hills of Ponmudi
Vast green meadows, a cool breeze and the thick mist stalking you everywhere provides a surreal experience to every tourist who visits the most sought after hill station near the town of Thiruvananthapuram. And if there is drizzle, it can only add magic to the whole decor. You can only reach Ponmudi Peak after having maneuvered 22 hairpin turns. On the way to the summit, one can also soak up the pristine charm of wild streams and tea plantations. Thick meadows and lush green forests reflect the alluring beauty of Ponmudi.