Speciality of Panchalimedu: Story behind the name
Panchalimedu is a beautiful landscape near the village Amalagiri in Idukki district. The specialty of the place is that the name evolves from the epic depicting the story of Pandavas and Droupathy. Also this place is known for religious harmony. We can see temple and cross on the same location.
Myth behind the name Panchalimedu is the Pandavas, along with their wife Panchali, stayed in these hills and the caves nearby during their time of exile. And after they left, the local people noticed footsteps, deeply impressed on the rock. The story spread that these footprints were those of the mighty Bheema, the strongest of the Pandavas. There is also a pond, in which Panchali is supposed to have had a bath. They built a temple to commemorate this belief. There is a small cave too here.
From the top of panchalimedu, we can have a beautiful long view of nearly five districts including Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kollam. We need to travel 7 kilometers from NH 220 through Amalagiri to reach here (if you are coming from Kottayam Side). Besides the beautiful landscape and cool breeze we can have a visit to “panchali kulam” where Droupathy had her royal bath.
Hill stations are the main attraction of this place. Grass Lands give a freshness to our mind.
A pleasant climate throughout the year, attracts the tourist to this place. The breeze that sings in your ears and the fog that touches you gently make you to stay in the place for ever. This is a must see place when you visit any of the places in Idukki district. Cool evenings in this hill station, will never make you leave the place.
The place is developing under the eco-tourism development activities by the Government of Kerala. Phase one activities are completed and the second phase activities are going on. Soon the place is the going to attract more travelers and true nature lovers to this place. Of course Panchaliedu is a weekend getaways destination.
Nearby places to visit
How to reach?
From NH220 – Kottayam -Kumily route:
Take right turn from Chuzhuppu (After Peruvanthanam). Travel 7 Kms through Amalagiri, Nallathanni.
Another route is take diversion from Murinjapuzha.
Where to stay?
There are multiple homestays and resorts in and around Panchalimedu.