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Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu is the land of uninterrupted winds and alluring rocks. Situated in the spice district of Idukki at a distance of 15 kilometers from Nedumkandom, Ramakkalmedu is a vantage point from where one gets a panoramic view of the villages below. The name 'Ramakkalmedu' owes its origin to the legend from Ramayana that Rama climbed up the tall rocks here while searching for his wife Sita who was abducted by Ravana. Ramakkalmedu is easily accessible as it is situated in the Munnar-Thekkady route.

The presence of high velocity winds makes Ramakkalmedu, an ideal place for power generation using wind farm units. However, tourists are not allowed to tread further into the Wind Energy Farm. The average speed of the wind is estimated at 25 km/hour.

The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking. About seven small townships and adjoining fields could be seen from the top. Under a clear sky, one feels really close to the clouds. You might even feel like stretching out and touching those soft clouds floating by. Even on really hot days, one does not feel exhausted, thanks to the cool winds blowing constantly.

Apart from the natural caves found at Ramakkalmedu, the statue of 'Kuruvan' and 'Kuruthi' located at the top too attracts tourists. The large number of birds makes the climb up the rocky terrain an exciting one with their chirping calls. Its proximity to famous tourist spots such as Periyar Tiger Forest of Thekkady, Kuttikanam, Munnar and Parunthumpara makes it frequented by tourists. Lucky travellers might even come across a few harmless wild animals on their way up Ramakkalmedu. This place is also ideal for paragliding.

Nearby destinations

  • Vagamon
  • Peerumede
  • Ilaveezhapoonchira
  • Thrissangu and Peeru Hills

Major attractions

  • Trekking
  • Statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthi
  • Birding
  • Wind Energy farm

How to get there

  • Ramakkalmedu is approximately 45 km from Thekkady. Munnar, the famous hill station, is about 77 kilometers from Ramakkalmedu.

  • Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km, Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 190 km.

  • Nearest railway station:  130 km away from kottayam

Best time to visit

Ramakkalmedu is a great place to visit year round.

Travel tips

  • If you are interested in trekking are sure to find climbing up this rocky hill a thrilling experience. However, it is advisable to avoid climbing during rainy season as the rocks are likely to be moist and slippery. The descent is found to be more treacherous.

  • Be warned that there are not many shops at the top. Even at the base, not many food options are available, except for a few roadside kiosks.

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