Ramakkalmedu is located in the Idukki district of Kerala, in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. It is a hill station and a small settlement, providing a wonderful vista of the state of Tamil Nadu from the peak. It attracts a lot of tourists because of the overwhelmingly strong winds that blows in the area, rejuvenating their senses.
Ramakkalmedu has a history behind its name. ‘Rama’ is for Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, ‘Kal’ means foot and ‘Medu’ stands for an elevated region. It is believed that when Rama was in search of Sita, he set his foot the hill to look for her, and hence the name.
Ramakkalmedu is famous for its statues of Kuruvan and Kuruthi, which are very large and are located atop one of the hills. These statues depict the local community during the Sangam period brilliantly. The statues entice a large number of travellers from all around the world.
The strong winds blowing in the area has given rise to the wind farms. Ramakkalmedu is the first to harness energy from the wind. Windmills were set up after extensive survey on the velocity and wind direction, and more units are being set up to utilise the energy from the wind as much as possible. Visiting a wind farm is an excellent way to teach our children about wind power and its uses in a fun and exciting way, making use of practical examples.
Ramakkalmedu grabs a top spot in the list of Idukki tourist places, and must be visited to enjoy the scenic beauty that the hill station offers.