Sprawling estates of tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus surround this charming hill station, once famous as the summer retreat of the Travancore kings. Peermede’s history is also closely linked to that of the Sufi saint, Peer Mohammad, believed to be the first trader of spices in the region. Natural grasslands, pine forests and a salubrious climate make Peermede an enchanting and picturesque destination. The legacy of the Raj can still be seen in colonial buildings such as Ashley, Henwoods, and Greenwoods.
Eagle Rock is actually a large, nearly circular piece of rock spread across half a kilometre. From its height, it offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside – rocky plains, lush hillsides and verdant forests.
CSI Church (St George’s Church):
This was built in 1867 and is believed to be the first church of the High Ranges. It is situated on a 17-acre land in Pallikkunnu, surrounded by groves of cypress and pine trees. Embellished with decorative arches and carved teakwood beams, it is an architectural marvel.
The huge but now dilapidated palace where the maharajas ff Travancore once spent their summers is surrounded by bush greenery. The smoke-stained hearths, endless corridors, underground passages, durbar halls, stables and prison ;ells recall the grandeur and glory of a bygone era.
The ancient granite edicts found on these hills near the Mundakayam Valley link this region to the great epic, the Mahabharata. During their exile, the five Pandava brothers ,re believed to have spent some time here. The name, Panchalimedu’ itself is derived from Panchali’ , another tame for Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas.
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