Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. Leonardo Di Caprio. Di Caprio has reportedly said about Ramakalmedu when he visited Kerala that “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here”. 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. 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. The eco system of the area largely comprises of grass land -Shola forest type which is laced by sporadic bamboo forests.Here you can move upto the tip of the rock where you will feel yourself at the top of the world and experience aa little fear. Ramakkalmedu is an ideal place to visit whenever you are touring Kerala as a part of Munnar Thekkady package as it is located about 15 km from Nedumkandom on the Munnar-Thekkady route.
The Kuravan & Kurathi statue is the signature relic of Ramakkalmedu. This statue was erected in August 2005 and most tourists head straight to this place . Kuravan & Kurathi is a native tribe of Idukki and according to legend, Idukki dam (which is Kerala’s biggest power source) was proposed by a Kuravan.
Speciality of the wind flow is another factor which makes Ramakkalmedu unique. Wind blows at a speed around 35 km per hour at Ramakkalmedu throughout the year irrespective of the season and time. You will have to experiance it to understand how much it will rejuvenate you. Abundant in wind, Ramakkalmedu is the second place in Kerala where a wind energy farm is installed. Currently the capacity is at about 12.5 MW.
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of Tamilnadu towns of Kumbum, Theni, Kombe, Thevaram, Uthamapalayam, Bodinaykannor and Vaiga. The sight is even wonderful if you could stay there till dusk and see all these towns lighted and this is the only point from where you can see the same when you visit Kerala.
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