Ponnampet, situated in the district of Kodagu (Coorg), is a picturesque region located amidst the scenic hills and valleys of the Western Ghats. Known for its abundant natural beauty, Ponnampet is characterized by lush orange orchards and sprawling coffee and spice estates, including cardamom and pepper plantations. In the early 20th century, Ponnampet was a small village among many others in South Coorg.
The name "Ponnampet" is derived from Sri Cheppudira M Ponnappa, a local chief who served as the Dewan (chief minister) under the ruler Virarajendra. A statue installed at the town's entrance, near the Sri Basaweswara temple, commemorates Sri Cheppudira M Ponnappa as the founder of Ponnampet in honor of his esteemed father, Dewan Cheppudira M Ponnappa. The presence of a Shaivite temple in the town reflects the religious faith followed by the ruler of the region.
The Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama is located 5 kilometers from Gonikoppa, a nearby town in Kodagu.
- There are several transportation options to reach Ponnampet:
By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Mysore, approximately 93 kilometers away. Mysore Railway Station is well-connected to major cities across India. From there, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Ponnampet.
By Air: The closest airport is Kannur International/Domestic Airport, located 50 kilometers away. Alternatively, Mysore Airport is approximately 107 kilometers away, and Bangalore International Airport is about 250 kilometers away. Flights from major cities in India connect to these airports. From the airports, one can hire a cab to reach Ponnampet.
By Road: Ponnampet is well-connected by road to major cities in Karnataka and neighboring states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The KSRTC Bus Stand in Gonikoppal, just 5 kilometers away, serves as a transportation hub for public and private buses. Coorg has good road connectivity with major cities in South India.
Visitors to Ponnampet and the Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama can enjoy the natural beauty of the region and experience the serene environment that complements the spiritual pursuits offered by the ashrama.