Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of Tamilnadu towns of cumbum, 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. 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.
Ramakalmedu stands tall in the western ghats at a height of 3500 feet above sea level. Here you can move up to the tip of the rock where you will feel yourself at the top of the world and a little fear. The eco system of the area largely comprises of grass land Shola forest type which is laced by sporadic bamboo forests. 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 experience 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.
It is located about 15 km from Nedumkandam on the Munnar-Thekkady route.
Although Ramakkalmedu has a good potential for it to become a fine tourist destination, not much is done for the improvement of basic facilities nearby. Since this is a place where one can complete the visit in one day.
The scenic beauty of Ramakkalmedu has attracted thousands of people, including Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio. Di Caprio has reportedly said about this place that "If there is a paradise on earth, it is here".
Nearest railway station: Changanacherry, about 93 km.
Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km, Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 190 km.