Peerumedu is a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is high in the Western Ghats, 915 metres above sea level. It is 85 kms east of Kottayam on the way to Thekkady. The landscape of Peerumedu includes spectacular waterfalls, open grass lands and pine forests. It was once the summer retreat of the Travancore Maharajas. Ammachikkottaram, the summer residence of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai who ruled the Travancore kingdom as Maharani Regent from 1924 to 1931, is a prominent landmark of Peerumedu. The elegant bungalow is today a private residence.
The word ‘parunth’ in the local language means Eagle and ‘para’ means rock. It is called Parunthumpara or eagle rock because of a large area around the place is like an eagle. It is 6 km from Peermade, 25 km from Thekkady & 3 km From National Highway 220.This area provides a bird’s eye view of an endless stretch of green forest land and low-lying areas. We can get the view of the Sabarimala forests and we can view “Makara Jothi” (sabarimala) from this beautiful place.
Panchalimedu is a beautiful landscape near the village Amalagiri in Idukki district.The speciality 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. From the top of panchalimedu, we can have a beautiful long view of nearly five districts including Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kollam. One need to travel 7 kilometers from NH 220 through Amalagiri to reach here. Besides the beautiful landscape and cool breeze we can have a visit to “panchali kulam” where Droupathy had her royal bath.