Ramakkalmedu (Ramakalmedu or Ramakkal in short) is in eastern Idukki towards the border of Tamil Nadu.
The rugged ranges of Ramakkal are pristine, peaceful and ideal for short picnics. The wilderness has some fantastic spots, where you could sit and capture wonderful panoramic scenery. Pack your picnic mats, food and drinks for a great time at the top.
Natural attractions are of course the hills, that majestically stand next to vast valleys. The first hill is easy to trek and has a colossal combined statue of Kuravan and Kurathi, the tribal couple in the local legends.
Travel about a km to reach the next hill, where the view point is. The trek is difficult, no doubt about that. The glimpse of natural beauty unleashed is quite overpowering. See the towns, farmlands and forests of Kerala and Tamil Nadu spread across the vast horizon and realise your efforts are justified.
The wandering wind is an energising presence, a constant companion regardless of rain, shine, day or night. Government of Kerala has set up a wind farm. Well, they are not alone. Across the hill and over the valley, the wind mills set up by Tamil Nadu rotate day and night.
Ramakalmedu is an impressive day tour destination by no means should be a limiting factor, to enjoy a few chill out days in this land, where legends say Rama set his foot.
Ramakkal, deriving its name from Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is nowadays ready to welcome you with a couple of resorts. End the search for seclusion, have it without bounds.
Check Punarjani, Wind haven resorts and the like to find the perfect place you are looking for.
How to reach Ramakalmedu
If you are taking public transport, get to Thookupalam by bus. This small town, about 7 kms from Ramakkalmedu, is the last stop for buses.
For further journey you have to hire a vehicle from there. Make arrangements for your return journey, or else you will have to walk.
If you are driving, Ramakalmedu is positioned midway between Munnar and Thekkady.
Location: Southern Central Kerala
Nearest towns: Kattappana at 23 kms, Nedumkandam at 14 kms, Munnar at 75 kms and Kumily at 35 kms.
Bus Station: Nedumkandam at 14 Kms.
Taxi Hire: Nedumkandam at 14 Kms.
Railway Station: Eranakulam Railway Station at 143 kms, Aluva at 126 kms and Kottayam at 126 kms.
Air port: Cochin Int’l Airport (COK) at 125 Kms, Madurai at 150 kms.
Food Options: No restaurants of top of the hill station. Limited choice at Kattappana and Nedumkandam. More restaurants at Munnar and Kumily.
Accommodation Options: A couple of resorts at Ramakkalmedu. Resorts, hotels and home stays in the wider region.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year. Avoid peak monsoons as the rocks can be slippery. Mist can obstruct views as well.
Nearby Attractions: Chinnar Wildlide Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumili, Munnar, Devikulam, Peerumedu, Grampi, Eravikulam National Park, Mattuppetty, Kundala dam,the Arch dam, Idukki wildlife sanctuary,Anamudi, Eco Point, Top Station, Waterfalls of Cheeyappara, Valara, Thommankuthu, Keezharkuthu, Attukal and Chellarkovil, Kolukkumalai, Anachal, Malankara reservoir, Mangala Devi Temple, Meenuli and Kalvari Mount.
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