One of the most exquisite hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, Panchalimedu provides an unearthly atmosphere with its speciality being the cold climate and refreshing breeze. The place is surrounded by a captivating set of hills which refreshes the mind and body of its visitors. If legends are to be believed, then the Pandavas came here and stayed at this place during the period of their exile which is how the place got its name. One of the caves here also bears the footprints of Bhima and a small pond known as Panjali Kulam situated here is the place where the wife of the Pandavas i.e. Panchali used to take bath.
On the western side, the cliff points towards Mundakkayam and Kanjirapally. It is also said that even the sea can be viewed from here on a day when the sky is clear. Panchalimedu is situated at a distance of 7 km from Murinjapuzha on the Kottam-Kumily route at an elevation of 2500 feet above sea level. A number of Ayyappa devotees camp here on Makar Sankranti to be a part of the pious Makaravilakku that appears in the Ponnambalamedu near the Sabarimala temple. One is likely to discover a lot of new things and places at this hill station and witness the surreal beauty of nature.
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