Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a Special Historic place with a Monument of Kuravar and Kurathi Statue, which depicts the Sangam Period and Sangam landscape of Kerala and Tamil Nadu . It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu towns of Cumbum, Theni, Kombe, Thevaram, Uthamapalayam, Bodinaykannor and Vaiga. The sight is even wonderful at dusk when all these towns lighted. Rama – kal – medu literally means “Land of Rama’s Stone” or “Land where rama kept his leg” (Rama the Hindu God and the epic Ramayana), as per many interpretations available. One story says that Lord Rama kept his feet at the tip of Ramakkalmedu to search Ravana the King of Lanka who abducted his wife Sita.

Ramakalmedu stands tall in the western ghats at a height of 3500 feet above sea level. Here one can move up to the tip of the rock and feel to be at the top of the world. The ecosystem of the area largely comprises grass land Shola forest type which is laced by sporadic bamboo forests. Speciality of the wind flow is another factor which makes Ramakkalmedu unique. Wind blows at a speed around 35 km per hour at Ramakkalmedu throughout the year irrespective of the season and time. You will have to experience it to understand how much it will rejuvenate you. Abundant in wind, Ramakkalmedu is the second place in Kerala where a wind energy farm is installed.
It is located about 15 km from Nedumkandam on the Munnar-Thekkady route.

Although Ramakkalmedu has a good potential for it to become a fine tourist destination, not much is done for the improvement of basic facilities nearby. Since this is a place where one can complete the visit in one day.

The scenic beauty of Ramakkalmedu has attracted thousands of people, including Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio has reportedly said about this place that “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here”.


Town:
For Idukki it is located about 30 km away. It can be reached traveling along State Highway 19.
Airport:
Madurai International Airport in Tamil Naidu is the nearest airport to this place about 140 km from here . Cochin International Airport is located about 190 km from here.
Railway Station:
Changanacherry Railway Station is the nearest airport located about 90 km from Ramakalmedu.
District:
Idukki
Longitude:
9.796664
Latitude:
77.227839

Tourist Place to Visit in Idukki District, Kerala