Brimoor is an ideal location if you are looking for a short trip for one day. Brimoor is almost 60 KM from Trivandrum via Nedumangad, Palode. It’s almost 20 KM from Palode. It’s under Mangayam Eco Tourism Project. You have to obtain entry tickets before moving into the project area.
We selected the location for a get together of the classmates of our college days. Full credit goes to Girish who arranged everything. We (Ajayan, Binu, Girish, Manoj, Unni and I) went in two vehicles to make the journey comfortable. A KSRTC bus also plies from Trivandrum to Brimoor Estate. Brimoor estate was run by British before independence and now it’s owned by a Keralite. Although the estate is not functioning now because of labour conflicts, the cottages inside the estate are being given to tourists. There are three cottages with different tariff. We arranged a cottage for Rs 1600/- a day. Entry for a person costs Rs 50/- and Rs 100/- for the vehicle entry. (Contact No. of Brimoor Estate – 9745541740, 9388981042)
We reached the destination by around 2PM and after settling we went to the waterfalls inside the estate for a shower. Although the water level was low at that time, we could enjoy the coolness of the water. The greenery around the hill is a joy to watch and we enjoyed the evening in the waterfalls.
We returned to the cottage after that and had dinner with the help of a cook arranged by the estate authorities.
From Vijayan, the cook, I could collect lot of information regarding the estate and one thing which struck me the most is the trekking path to Ponmudi from Brimoor. It’s almost 8 KM with two or three hills to climb. Three of us decided to go for the trek and we started our trekking with Vijayan’s brother Murugan accompanying us. It took almost two hours to reach Ponmudi through the dense forest. There is one Ayyappa temple inside the forest which is open only during the first of every Malayalam month. The KTDC Cottages renovated and named as Golden Peak (Ph 0472 2890225) is well maintained although the tariff is on the higher side. For a deluxe room, tariff is fixed as Rs 2000/- per day. After spending one hour in Ponmudi we returned to Brimoor which took only 45mts.
We all were stunned to see the bungalow owned by the estate owner at the top of the hill. It’s well maintained and the caretaker, an old man was good enough to show the bungalow premises. The scenic beauty seen from that location is astonishing.
After spending time till afternoon we returned with a decision that we would return after the monsoon which is the perfect time to visit the place.