Situated 915 mts above sea level, Peermede is situated close to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary.
This famous plantation town, takes its name from Peer Mohammed, Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede an unforgettable experience. The most delightful trekking trails in Kalthotti, Karandakapara hills and Peeru hills complement the panoramic landscape. Monuments like the summer palace and summer residence of the royal family (now converted into a government guest house) add to the splendour of the land.
What to see
Kuttikanam: A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a languorous, tranquil break. This picturesque plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush, green hills.
Thrissanku Hills (4 km): The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.
Peeru Hills (4 km): This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnickers. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed, 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.
Sahyadri Ayurvedic Centre: A well-established Ayurvedic Hospital, Sahyadri, managed by the Peermede Development Society in Pallikunnu, is well known for its curative and rejuvenating treatment packages. The centre has well-appointed 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 herbs are preserved. More than 400 herbs used for medicines are grown in the hospital’s own garden spread over 35 acres. For permission to visit the herb garden, contact the Director - Peermede Development Society, Peermede, Idukki. Phone: 332097 332247 Fax: 332096.
Grampi (5 km): Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests, trekking trails and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.
Pattumala (17 km east of Peermede & 28 km west of Thekkady): Lofty peaks, little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk) is home to the two most famous tea plantations - Harrisons Malayalam and AV Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby is a fascinating riot of colours, of roses, orchids and anthurium.
Tribal settlements in Peermede: 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.
Air: The convenient airports are in Kochi (Cochin) & Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
Rail: The most convenient railheads are in Kottayam (114 Km , 4 hrs) & Changanassery (114 Km. 4 hrs).
Road: Motorable roads connect Peermede to Kumily 40 km (1 hr), Thekkady 44 km (1.20 hrs), Kottayam 75 km (3 hrs), Alappuzha 114 km (4 hrs), Kochi 150 km (5 hrs), Madurai 174 km (5.30 hrs), Thiruvananthapuram 225 km (6 hrs).
Altitude: 915 - 1100 m
Vagamon (25 km from Peermede): Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala - is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.
Ilaveezhapoonchira (55 km from Kottayam): This is another picnic spot located in the midst of the beautiful hillocks near Kanjar. It is easily accessible from Palai in Kottayam district. Surrounded by three enchanting hillocks - Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara - makes this place ideal for trekking.