Ramakkalmedu is a beautiful hill station located in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu state border and is home to various attractions, such as the Periyar Tiger Forest, Munnar, Kuttikanam, Parunthumpara and spice farms.
The name of this place is a mix-up of the three words including ‘Ram’, ‘Kal’ and ‘Medu’, meaning Lord Rama, rock and land, respectively. It is assumed that Lord Rama visited this place Ramakkalmedu when he was searching for his beloved wife Sita, who was kidnaped by Ravana, the king of Lanka. Rama set foot on the tallest rock to search for Sita. This same rock later named Ramakkal, which finally came to be known as Ramakkalmedu.
The cool, grassy hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakkalmedu an enchanting escape. As mentioned, the place has its name from the impressions of the feet discovered on the rock surface here, which is believed to be of The Rama, an epitome of Lord Vishnu, as mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana.
Ramakkalmedu is just 40 km from Thekkady. Thekkady is considered one of the most popular and chosen wildlife destinations located in Kerala, South India. The captivating hills of Ramakkalmedu are located in the Western Ghats, which is about 16 km from Nedumkandam.
Ramakkalmedu is remarked for its hills and also for the panoramic and scenic views of villages in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, which is towards the eastern side of the Western Ghats. A noticeably tall, pillar-like rocky structure, about 300 m high and facing east is another attraction located here.
It is one of the breeziest places in Asia and being so, one can also find here a wind farm producing electricity, which is undertaken by the Government of Kerala.
Other main attractions here include
▪ Frog Rock
▪ Turtle Rock
▪ Kuravan and Kurathi- The highest twin-statue in Kerala
This place also provides beautiful glimpses of the sun rising in the eastern hills and peaceful setting on the western mountains. The mountains located adjacent to the site are enclosed by thick evergreen forests that serve as a natural habitat for various flora and fauna.
It is recorded that the wind impression of this site is recorded the maximum in Asia as the wind blows into the hills at a high speed and very high pressure. The average speed of the wind is estimated to be around 25 km/hour. Situated at an elevation of around 3560 ft from the sea level, the area is also popular for trekking, hiking, paragliding, and camping.
According to history, it has a Monument of Kuravan and Kurathi – a large statue depicting the Sangam Period and Sangam landscape of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This monument provides a picturesque view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns which includes Cumbum, Theni, Kombai, Thevaram, Uthamapalayam, Bodinaykannor and Veiga. The view from Ramakkalmedu is beautiful at dusk when all these towns in Tamilnadu, are lighted. The Twin figure was sculpted by C.B Jinan and constructed on the top of the hill during the year 2005. The statue depicts the historical characters Kuravan and Kurathi Mala who are connected to the construction of the Idukki Dam.
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