Peermade is a beautiful hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala State. It is an abode of pristine beauty and serene ambience of nature. The spectacular destination lies 915 metres (3,002 ft) above sea level in the Western Ghats some 85 kilometres (53 mi) east of Kottayam on the way to Thekkady and just 40 km away from Kumily. Peermedu means ‘Hills of Peer’. There is also a talk that the name came from guava trees. Guava trees were abundant in the hills and Guava is called as ‘Pera’ in Malayalam. Thus ‘Pera’ changed into ‘Peeru’ later. The landscape of Peermade includes spectacular waterfalls, open grass lands and pine forests.It was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore.
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