Located in the heart of southern part of Coorg district is the little idyllic town of Ponnampet. The place is known for its breathtaking views, lush green forests, rich wildlife, winding streams, coffee plantations and steep slopes. Originally named Ponnapett after the Diwan Cheppudira Ponnappa, the town is 44 km south from the district headquarters of Madikeri in Virajpet Taluk. Some of the cities near Ponnampet are Mattannur, Peringathur, Madikeri, and Koothuparamba. One can reach Ponnampet from these cities by availing a cab/taxi or by a local bus. The nearest airport is in Mangalore and is located about 160 km away from Ponnampet. The airport is connected to major cities across India and abroad. One can get to Ponnampet from here by a bus or by availing a private taxi/cab. KSRTC has a good number of buses traveling to Ponnampet from some of the major cities across the state. Coorg does not have a railway network but the nearest major railway station is located in Mysore which is around 90 km from Ponnampet. One can opt for a bus ride or a private taxi to get to Ponnampet from here.Treebo has a few great hotels in Ponnampet. They offer luxurious stay at reasonable and pocket friendly prices. These rooms come with all the basic amenities and efficient service. Most of these hotels in Ponnampet come with a balcony, fitness center, and free parking. The guests of the hotel are offered complimentary breakfast buffet along with other services. The town also has some good restaurants for those who want to try the local cuisine. Durga Boji Silver Spoon, the Spice Rock, Cuisine Papera, Foodland Biriyani Center and Classic Restaurant are some of the most popular restaurants in Ponnampet.The town lies at an elevation of 850 meters and is situated close to the Brahmagiri hills which is one of the most popular trekking destinations. This range also acts as a border between Karnataka and Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary here is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Another attraction near Ponnampet is the Iruppu falls. Iruppu falls is 30 km away from Ponnampet and one can get here by hiring a taxi/cab. Around 12 km away from the town of Ponnampet is the ancient caves of Munikal which is also worth exploring.
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