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KTDC Golden Peak
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ponmudi
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful place for an unforgettable experience”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

KTDC Golden peak is the only hotel in Ponmudi. We stayed in Deluxe Room which was in poor condition, there were damps on the wall, bed sheet was dirty, the attached bathroom was clean but without any toiletries, towels were clean and the television had limited numbers of channels. There was a lawn in front of our room from which the view of the valley was breathtaking. The place was covered in clouds throughout the night and in the early morning. Even in the month of July the temperature was cool throughout the day. The sunrise from the golden peak was an amazing experience. We were the only couple in the hotel at that time which made us bit uncomfortable. It is advisable to visit this place during peak season or in group.

The Restaurant was clean but lacked staffs. The food was reasonably priced and was delicious specially the omelets. The room service was quick. The staffs were helpful.

Ponmudi is a wonderful place to visit but is overshadow by the lack of hotels and poor maintenance of KTDC Hotel, on your way down don’t forget to visit river Kallar & Meenmutty falls, the walk to Meenmutty falls is bit risky & tiring.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

food and accomodation are real expensive. food is abnormally expensive. try ordering a chilli chicken. place is beautiful though... i have stayed here twice. had great fun outside the hotwels. rooms are decent.



  • Stayed February 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012

The view during evening and night was breathtaking. The place was covered in clouds through the day and night. The restaurant was clean, though small and it lacked enough staff. The place could be a gem if it was operated by a private company. All those eyesores we witness around the property are locked in some court case and the current owners, KTDC cannot do anything till is is resolved. Ignoring that, wonderful location and a good location for families. Dont forget to take a dip in Kallar river or walk to Meenmutty falls, inside the eco-tourism project in KALLAR.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We(me with my 3 friends) had gone to Kerala for a seminar and after finishing that we directly went to the hotel. It is a very small town in the hill with only hotel as "Golden peak". The place was very peaceful. We were given a cottage with a lawn. Clouds were playing with us in there. You have go down a bit for food. The food was great. The cheese omelet so testy that we ate 10 of that. Next morning we saw the sunrise from our bed. It was a overall fabulous experience. One last thing for foodies: the complementary breakfast was a buffet one and one can eat anything from the list of delicious foods as much as you want...........but you have to order that at previous night.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Trivandrum
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

An interesting place for those who wish to see ruins due to deliberate neglect and lack of maintenance.
I have no words to explain the poor state of affairs in that beautiful place, which belongs to KTDC . It is a great shame that the people who are supposed to protect environment are inflicting such unimaginable damage to it.
Step inside the fenced property and you are greeted by beautiful cottages in ruins that are long-abandoned. The money spent, or rather wasted for building them; it is evident, was shamelessly ignored and new structures were built, which are in fact eyesores. If you take a walk to the forest behind the property , you will find plastic and garbage strewn all around probably from the kitchen. Without doubt it comes from the kitchen, because no tourist would bring numerous packets of Amul milk powder and ghee to that place (not to mention the loads of other garbage ).
At present there are three suites, three premium rooms and eight deluxe rooms. None of them provide a good view of the awesome mountainscape behind the property. Those in ruins were built with excellent view from the bedroom windows and the sit out.

The rooms are tidy with a cozy bed. There is a wall mounted TV, two side tables, a dressing table and chair, and a wardrobe. I wonder whether they provide pants and T-shirts to the guests, because I found one pair in the closet when I occupied the room. It might be still hanging there. Anyway I believe I am lucky that there were no skeltons inside.

The friendly security man Hiralal ( the only friendly, helpful person in that property) told me that a leopard frequently visits the valley behind the property to eat the leftovers from the kitchen. From the quality of the food served, I think it might be having plenty to eat and might be too sick to be so helpless and desperate, or might be mentally sick to eat something knowing that it can make him sick.
The bill is great even though the food is poor ( Rs.40 for a scoop of plain rice, Rs.150 for chicken curry ( two pieces ), Rs.150 for Chicken fried rice). The banana fritters served as evening snack is indeed very tasty. Breakfast is complimentary and is served rather generously. Try the room service number and consider you are lucky if somebody attends the call at the first try. Dinner was room served, but it took ages to get a cup of ice cream. After numerous attempts to try remind them of it, the attentive and efficient security man Hiralal came to my help and he brought it immediately ,running and panting.
God bless the poor leopard and Hiralal.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

This place is the only hotel in the area, and is government run. Unfortunatly, we didnt think much to the accomodation. The room was grubby, but i must say the bedding was fresh and of good quality , unlike the towels, which were stained and threadbare. We stayed in a bungalow, which had beautiful views, but it was misty during the time we were there. All rooms have a tv, but unfortunately only a few local channels, nothing in English. The bathrooms have only one hot tap by the boiler, the water in the shower and sink is cold, which is a very bizarre set up. The bathrooms are nice and clean, and seem fairly new. The restaurant is grubby, with a very limited choice of food. However, when we did get our meals they were nice, with the staff cooking things not on the menu for my young son. There is nothing to do once it is dark, and the night we were there, there was a power cut. Luckily we were all in bed watching tv. We waited for 30 mins for the generator to come on, and then rung reception to find out when the power would be back on, but we got no reply. The power did not come on again till 7 30am. When i spoke to the manager about this, especially that it was pitch black, withno emergency lighting, so very dangerous with a toddler, he was not interested at all. I asked him why no one came to bring us candles, a very common practice in india, with its numerous power cuts, he again said he was sorry but it was not his fault, and they did not think to bring us candles. Breakfast is ordered in advance, and also the time you will be eating. Breakfast is basic, but it was perfectly fine. The one thing that stood out was that Ponmudi is above a huge tea plantation, so i thought there would be local tea. Wrong....this is India after all, and the tea was instant Tata tea from a vending machine!!! To be honest, if I was ever in Ponmudi, i would just stay during the day and stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I just visited golden peak , ponmudi.
I must say. I was very apprehensive after reading the previous review here on tripadvisor. Still we went. The weather was foggy and it was drizzling. It did clear out the next day as we could view the surroundings and the valley. Serene. Glad this is the only resort there as there is less pollution and wastes. The rooms are spacious and clean with clean toilets. The cottages are eqipped with tv and cable.
They do not have room service and yes food is a little issue as u need to order way in advance and the menu is very very limited. Thankfully it was tasty food. Basic rotis and curry. Nonveg is there again limited to chicken.
Again we had gone on a onam weekend.
So I guess the the crowd. The resort was fully booked.
The staff and service was very very average.
Overall I must say a pleasant stay. Peaceful.
There is nothing much to do.a small hike and stuff.
I would definitely go bk but surely with sufficient snacks in my bag .

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: KTDC Golden Peak
Address: Ponmudi 695551, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Ponmudi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ponmudi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — KTDC Golden Peak 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hill resort close to the sea, Ponmudi is idyllic with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs. Located at about 915 ft above the sea level, Ponmudi is home to many beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, springs and rivulets. The region is also occupied by spice and tea plantations and is dotted with waterfalls and view points. This hill destination is ideal for long walks and treks. ... more   less 
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