Panchalimedu is one of the beautiful hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, God’s Own Country. The cool climate and refreshing breeze is a specialty here. The place offers an ethereal atmosphere. This place has an enchanting set of hills, which refreshes the body and mind.
Story Behind the Place Name: Panchalimedu
According to legends, ‘Pandavas’ (heroes of the epic – Mahabharata) stayed at this place, during their exile from the Kingdom and hence the name Panchalimedu. Here, a cave is known as bearing the footprints of Bhima. There is small temple dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari. The remnants of Shivalingas, thrishul, naga idols are also there. A small pond is there, which is known as ‘Panjali Kulam’, in which Panchali (wife of Pandavas) used to take bath.
The cliff in the western side points to the Mundakkayam and Kanjirapally. When the sky is clear, it is stated that even sea can be viewed from here. The Makarajyothi can be viewed from here.
12 Kms from Kuttikkanam (When you come from Kumily, Thekkady)
8 Kms from Peruvanthanam (When you come from Kottayam)
How to reach Panchalimedu
By road: 7km hike from Murinjapuzha on Kottayam Kumily route. (Jeeps are available from Murinjapuzha)
: 8 Kms from Peruvanthanam (Jeeps or autos available from Peruvanthanam)
2500 ft above sea level
Where You Can Stay
Kuttikkanam, Peerumedu or Mundakkayam
What to do at Panchalimedu
Enjoy climbing the hills, cool breeze, soft touch of fog, enjoy nature and landscape.
Best season to Visit Panchalimedu
Throughout the year, except Monsoon. To enjoy the chilled climate, monsoon is good!