Peerumedu, literally meaning a peer’s valley, is named after the legendary sufi saint Peer Mohammad. This area in the Idukki district, with its lovely weather, aromatic spice plantations, and sanguine spirit, was once the summer retreat of several maharajas of Travancore, as well as a noted principality of South India. Peerumedu lies 114 km from Munnar, and the drive is a treat in itself. The warm, sultry winds of Kerala will instantly put you at ease as you drive past lush, green meadows, over gushing streams and pretty colonial houses.


Peerumedu is also home to the majestic Ammachi Kottaram, the summer residence of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai. She ruled the Travancore kingdom from 1924 to 1931. Currently, the bungalow is a private residence. Step into Ammachi Kottaram, and get a glimpse of the resplendent lives of the royals of South India.


The government guest house here has played host to a number of famous names, including the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The delightful and wild hills will help you leave all your worries behind.

Peerumedu is also a plantation town, where you can find vast stretches of coffee, tea, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus. The fragrance of these spices seems to accompany you every step of the way, allowing you to lose yourself in the quiet beauty of the place.


If you are planning to visit, it is advisable to dedicate a day to this sojourn; anything less wouldn't do justice to this infinitely stunning town. You can also stay overnight should you wish to not drive back after sunset; there are several homestays and small, comfortable hotels here.

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