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“An excellent stay spoilt by the quality of food”
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KTDC Golden Peak
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ponmudi
Reviewed February 27, 2013

I have stayed here with my family for a weekend night out. We reached the place by evening and stayed one night over there. The place is excellent and the only option to stay in Ponmudi, so there is nothing required to describe about the property. If you wish to stay in Ponmudi , you can either stay here or the KTDC guest house. The latter is a cheaper option though. One piece of advice which I have for people planning to stay there, please pack your food for the night, as the food we got from the restaurant was an absolute pain to eat. In fact the food just spoiled the entire mood of all of us. Though I am a localite of Trivandrum ,I could not stand the taste of food served there for dinner. But I appreciate the breakfast served in the morning which actually invalidated my complaints on the dinner. So this is a best place to spend a night in Trivandrum, if you could get a parcel from outside or get the dinner cooked from home. Except food I give 5 stars for the property, service and cleanliness.

Room Tip: Cottage C3 is the best of all.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Wow!!!! is the only word to explain our experience in this resort. Resort is located in a beautiful scenic location with a great valley view. Rooms were big and neatly maintained by the staffs. Quality of food was good though the food varieties for vegetarians are less. Continuous cool breeze in the resort was refreshing and is much needed for a calm relaxing vacation from the hectic busy life. Baked banana, mango juice were just awesome. Will surely visit again.

Room Tip: Premium cottage rooms are very good. We stayed in H Room.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by the lovely room. There was a dead cockroach on the bed, but it didn't put us off because the sheets and towels were clean. The view and the drive to the resort are great. it's well worth going up there for the experience. Our cottage had no view except for the car park. It would be worth requesting a cottage with a view over the mountains or with a garden. The restaurant is a bit rubbish. We were told on arrival at 5pm that we would have to order our meal for the evening at least 2 hours in advance or we couldn't have a meal. There is nowhere else to eat so we were pushed into making a choice. The food was bland compared to the other places we ate in Kerala. We asked for black tea with cold milk separately as tea seems to be served in India with hot milk already in the tea pot. We were told this would be an extra charge. We went to watch the sun go down in a viewing area near the restaurant. It was too misty to see anything much, but it was a lovely quiet atmosphere. However there are numerous broken down cottages and rubbish from the hotel is thrown down the hillside which is a shame. We asked at the hotel if there are any nearby walks and we were told that the only place it is possible to walk is on the road. We walked up the road to the top of the hill and it was a beautiful view and worth the walk.We asked the security guard on the gate about the lack of walks and he said it was due to dangerous wildlife in the area! The manager of the hotel was readily available and dealt with any issues/problems. Staff weren't particularly nice compared with the ones at other hotels in India that we have stayed at. However the cheerful and helpful security guard made up for it. We had a driver on the way up and got the bus back down the mountain. The bus is a scary but amazing experience. I was very nervous about it, and it started off like a roller coaster, but once we got to the bottom I was glad I did it.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the mountains and better still with a garden area
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mellkur
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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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1  Thank Vivek_Khandelwal
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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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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.

Room Tip: The Premium cottage G has the best view.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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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.

Room Tip: Every room is a part of a cottage. Try the room with a lawn in front of it. It was the best place to...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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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: $31 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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