Palkulamedu

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            Palkulamedu, is one of the most Ideal trekking locations in Idukki. A small fresh water pool at the top of the hill adds up another jewel to the enchanting beauty. Its due to this pool, the hill was awarded the name Pal-kulam-medu, which means a hill with pool of nutritious water in Malayalam (Milk, Pool, Hill respectively in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala).
            A view of the Periyar gorge from the Palkulamedu Peak is much admirable. The vast spans of evergreen Hills, one after another fills till the horizon and the beautiful view of Sunset and Sunrise gives makes this place an ideal view point.
            It is located at the distance of 12 km from Idukki. It is addressed at an elevation of 3125 meters above from the sea level. The place is of great interest for the tourists of any age. It is an ideal destination for adventure makers and trekkers. The beauty of Palkulamedu is indescribable and it offers the perfect ambiance of the nature. The place can be visited in any time of the year as the weather remains calm all the time except monsoon which falls in the month of June to September. The place is near to the natural destination Idukki and it carries the same historical events in and around. As the historical information of Idukki district still holds the information which dates back to early 10th century and the region Palkulamedu falls under this region. The archeological relics and some of the places remind the early life of the Stone Age. In today the place has now become one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala tourism.

How to reach Palkulamedu
            The trek trail to Palkulamedu peak starts from Churali , a small town 8 Km away from Cheruthony, along the Adimali route. Once you reach Churali move along the tarred road pointing towards the hill. This steep hill road can give you bit of confusion at a few locations when it twists to the backside of the hill, but just don’t worry about it.
            The only town on the way is Alparai, a small town with a few tea shops and lots of good helping people. After moving for 6 Kms from Churai, you will reach another junction from where you have to make a left turn along the road with a steep ascent (The other road goes down the hill).
            This road will be passing through Cashew nut plantations with a very few small houses on either side , dissolving into jeep road after 3 kilometers. Move further along this mud road, crossing a few very steep hairpin bends and high tension electric lines.
            After another hour of trek, you will reach a large plateau and you will see the final peak wrapped in green grass in front of you. It takes another hour of time to trek up this peak and to reach this roof of Idukki.

The Content is provided by the Block Panchayath Idukki, Idukki District, Kerala.