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Peerumedu
  • Overview
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  • Sight Seeing
  • Things to do
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  • Peermade is located about 40 Km from Kumily. 915 m above sea level.Idukki district, central Kerala. Peermade is a lovely hill station, an ideal retreat in the Western Ghats and a choice break for tourists en route to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The summer retreat of the erstwhile rules of Travancore Peermade is worth visiting for its gorgeous green grasslands, wonderful waterfalls and plantations of tea, coffee, rubber etc. Located 915 m above sea level, at a distance of around 40 Km from Kumily in Idukki district of central Kerala, this beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats is known for its green landscape. Peermade is a lovely hill station, an ideal retreat in the Western Ghats and a choice break for tourists en route to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Nature has bestowed, perhaps all her stunning beauty on kuttikkanam -a land even unto this day not fully explored. In and around kuttikkanam, there are numerous bewitching tourist spots, which can match the wildest fantasies of the beauty seeking nature lover and here are some of them.
  • Kuttikanam
  • A place for adventure tourism and trekking and a tranquil break. This scenic plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush, green hills.
  • Thrissanku Hills
  • 4 kms from Peerumedu. The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make it an ideal spot for long walks. The hill offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise and the sunset.
  • Peeru Hills
  • 4 kms from Peerumedu. This picturesque hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnickers. The hill is named after Peer Mohammad, the Sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.
  • Grampi
  • 5 kms from Peerumedu. Also known as the Parunthupara, the eagle rock, because of the panoramic view from its high peaks, has rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests and trekking trails.
  • Pattumala
  • 17 kms east of Peerumedu. Lofty peaks, little streams and ever-expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. The flower garden nearby is a fascinating roiot of colours, of roses, orchids and anthurium.
  • Madammkulam
  • A natural pond at the foot of an enchanting waterfall encircled by deep woods on all sides.
  • Pattumala or the hills draped in silk, homes a lot of brooks and unending expanse of lush green tea plantation. The main attraction of the place is the Pattumala Matha church, built in granite.
  • Valanganam Waterfalls
  • The cool spray of this waterfalls is sure to be a thrilling experience. A hot coffee or tea from the nearby stall will add spice to this stop over.
  • Pallikkunnu
  • The highest peak in kuttikkanam the Amrita Medu is an ideal trekking spot. The surrounding hills of the Amrita Medu called kokkad hills is the place where one feels lulled by the soft gentle cadence of the breeze and chirping of crickets.
  • Panchalimedu Viewpoint
  • It is a view point located about 10 kilometers away from Kuttikanam. It ia an ideal place for trekking and Eco-friendly tourism. The winds here are sometimes so strong especially during the summer. According to the Hindu legend it was one of the many hiding spots of the five Pandava Brothers and their sister Panchali.Thus the name "Panchalimedu" was assigned to the place which means Hill of Panchali.
  • Visit Vagamon
  • 25 kms from Peerumedu. Vagamon is a hill station perched at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level. A trekker's delight, Vagamon is surrounded by beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens, which are all spellbinding works of nature.
  • Ayurveda at Sahyadri Ayurvedic Centre
  • A well-established Ayurvedic centre, Sahyadri, managed by the Peerumedu Development Society in Pallikunnu is well known for its curative and rejuvenating treatment packages. The centre has well-developed treatment accommodation facilities, a unit for manufacturing ayurvedic medicines and a well maintained raw drugs museum, where more than 200 varieties of rare and endangered drugs are preserved.
  • Visit Plantations
  • The vast expanse of tea and coffee plantations interlaced with small streams pen grasslands and winding lanes filled with heady fragrance of fresh tea and coffee flowers are typical to this place. The cardamom plants below towering huge shady trees are a landmark of this region and a boon to farmers.
  • Trekking at Kolahalamedu
  • Never ending spans of short small hills with green carpets of grass for miles. These are the unique speciality of Vagamon. These hills are exactly located at Kolahalamedu 3 kilometer away from Vagamon town on the way to Elepara.
  • Visit Tribal Settlement
  • The Orali, Malapandaram and Malayarayan tribes live in the hills of Peermede. The main tribal settlement here is Plakkathadam which is also known for its trekking trails.
  • Nearest bus stations: Peermade has both private and KSRTC bus stands in the town itself.
    Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 50 km away.
    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 150 km away
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Peerumedu. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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