Trekking is a passion with the visitors to Ponmudi (al-titude: 1066m), lying within easy driving distance from Trivandrum. You will find yourself compulsively pausing every now and then to drink in deep the spectacular sweep of the hill range, tea-estates and the imlstcovered valleys, peppered with little to -like stone cottages painted a pretty violet, pilnk, or white with pointed and peaked roofs.
Ponmudi throws up other surprises too. Orchids, for in-stance, thrive in wild profusion. A charming deer park is only3 kms away from the resort. And Golden valley -another pretty picnic spot endowed with batural springs-is a little further down the hill.