Panchalimedu is one of the beautiful hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, God’s Own Country. It is an eco-tourism project by Kerala government. Its developed and maintained by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC). 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), during their exile from the Kingdom, stayed at this place. Hence the name Panchalimedu. There is a cave is known as bearing the footprints of Bhima. A small pond is there, which is known as ‘Panchali Kulam’. It is said that Panchali (wife of Pandavas) used to take bath in this pond. Even in summer, water is available in this pond.
There is small temple dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari. Panchalimedu is known as the ‘Moolasthanam’, or the original seat/source of the power of the deity. The remnants of Shivalingas, thrishul, naga idols are also there.
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 and thousands of people gather here every year.
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
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! Heavy wind and rain is expected in monsoon.
Entry Fees to Visit Panchalimedu
There is a minimal fee of Rs. 10 per person. The entry fee is collected and ticket is issues in the entry gate.
Child: Rs. 5.00
Adult: Rs. 10.00
Camera: Rs. 50.00
Wedding Album: Rs. 500
Other Album: Rs. 2500.00
Cinema/Serial: Rs. 10000.00
Where to stay at Panchalimedu
There are resorts and home stays available at Panchalimedu. Please contact for information regarding the accommodation availability at this place. There are resorts or lodges available in Kuttikkanam.