Ponmudi hill station reopens after COVID-19-induced hiatus

The sought-after tourist destination of Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala has started welcoming tourists after a month-long hiatus triggered by COVID-19.

Apart from the famous hill station, ecotourism centers such as Kallar-Meenmutty and Mankayam have also been reopened.

The District Collector the other day said travelers would be allowed to visit Ponmudi, albeit with restrictions, following a drop in COVID-19 cases. Following this, Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) KI Pradeepkumar had informed that apart from Ponmudi hill station, ecotourism centers Kallar-Meenmutty and Mankayam, both located under Palode forest range, would be open to visitors.

Traffic on the Mottamoodu to Kallar section of the Ponmudi National Road will be restricted as the security wall has yet to be restored. Police and Forest Department officers control vehicle traffic on this stretch.

Travelers entering Ponmudi should follow COVID-19 protocol. Visitors with entry tickets must either produce their vaccination certificates or negative RT-PCR test reports, which must not be older than two days, to Forest Department officers at the Kallar checkpoint .

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