Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in Kerala. 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.
Ramakkalmedu – Myths behind the name
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 .
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. It is believed that that lord ‘Sree Rama’, had set his foot on this rock and hence the name Rama-Kal-Medu (Meaning: Rama’s foot imprints). 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.
Ramakkalmedu is the cradle of the wind, the winds, which turns everything upside down. The wind gusts into the hills and recorded as maximum in Asia. Wind blows at a hight speed in Ramakkalmedu throughout the year irrespective of the season and time.
Ramakkalmedu is a border tourism spot and hill station in Karunapuram panchayath, 15 km east to Nedumkandam, in Thekkady Munnar road
How to reach
36 km north to Kumili (40 km from Thekkady via Puliyanmala and Tukkupalam. Kattappana 20 km, Munnar 70 km.