Situated 915 m above sea level, Peermade is on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. this pleasant hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. Peermade is indeed a cool hill resort in Kerala. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side by side with natural grasslands and pine forests.
The Sufi saint and an associate of the rulers Peer Mohammed lends his name to Peermade. Peermade thus means the hill of the Peer. Peermade has since long attracted the trekkers, nature lovers, picnickers alike. As a hill resort Peermade has also been providing refuge to the sun scorched souls from the plains. The idyllic hill resort of Peermade indeed rejuvenates the mind, body and the soul.
Peermade lies 85 km east of Kottayam at an altitude of 915m above sea level.The weather is cool at Peermade all through the year owing to its altitude. The cool breezes make Peermade pleasant to be visited any time of the year.
Places of Interest
Peermade is surrounded by gorgeous greens of the plantations of Coffee, tea, coconut, pepper, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus. The gorgeous green grasslands and the pine forests add to the rich flora of Peermade.
One can visit Tea estates and factories in and around Peermade.In Pattumala the famous tea factories plantations are Located. The Velamkanni Matha Church and the flower garden are the other must visits at Pattumala.
Waterfall at peermade is another major tourist attraction. Meloram, Nallathanni, Panchalimedu and Valanjamkanam are amongst the waterfalls worth visiting at Peermade.
For adventure loveing pepole there are many trekking trails that add to the pristine beauty of Peermade. Peeru Hills, Kalthotti, Vagamon along with Karandakapara Hills, Grampi or Parunthupara, Memala offer excellent trekking routess. Cycling and horse riding are the other activities popular at Peermade.
Kuttikanam is the other town close to Peermade where one have terrific trekking opportunities.
The Palace which is the summer residence of the ruluers of Tranvancore is the place of historical importance among the tourist.The mausoleum of the Sufi saint Peer Mohammed may be visited on the Peeru Hills.
In close vicinity to Peermade, 43 km away, is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife reserve is renowned for its tigers, elephants, sambar, flying squirrels and laughing thrushes. In fact in the grasslands of the Peermade itself you may spot the tiger and the leopard besides the Bison, wild bear, languor and monkeys.
In Peermade Sahyadri Ayurvedic Centre which offers curative and rejuvenating treatment packages. the visit to the raw drugs museum with the collection of 200 varieties of rare and endangered herbs is worth.
If you are looking for some spectacular sights of the beautiful nature, hills of Grampi or Parunthupara at peermade is the answer of that.
In Peermade one can stay at the Government Guest House of Peermade that offers a comfortable and cozy stay. The facilities such as food, drink available at the Tourist Bungalow of Peermade adds to the charm of the hill resort.Some Private hotel & guest houses are also available at Peermade
How to Reach
Peerumedu is 85 kms east to Kottayam (travel time: 2 hours), on the way to Thekkady. There are frequent bus services from nearby cities of Kumily and Kottayam.