Windhaven Resort Ramakkal - Places
Ramakkal the newly discovered hill station of Kerala, the Godís
Own Country, is located in the spice district called Idukki in
Ramakkal-is the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and located
centrally between the famous tourist attractions of kerala such as
Periyar Tiger Forest of Tekkady, Munnar hill station, Kuttikanam and
Parunthumpara and many more wild life attractions and spice farms.
Ramakkal-is approximately 45kilometres from Tekkady and 77
kilometers from Munnar. The nearest airport is Kochi (Cochin)
international airport and all major air lines have services to this
air port, the distance is about 190 kilometers. The nearest Railway
station is Kottayam and is just about 140 kilometers away. The
famous Kumarakam tourist spot is just 157 kilometers and the
beautiful back water cruise and the beaches of Alleppuzha is about
The history of name Ramakkal
Ram is the name of Hindu God and he is the re-incarnation of Lord
Vishnu. Kal is a Malayalam(the language of Kerala) word for rock and
Medu means land with hills and rocks. The locals believes that Lord
Ram was in this place when he was searching his wife Sita who was
abducted by Ravan the king of Lanka as illustrated in Ramayan. Lord
Ram had set his foot on the tallest rock to search Sita and the rock
was named as RAMAKKAL and the place was later named as Ramakkal.
Ramakkal gives a very large view of about seven small townships and
adjoining fields surrounded by mountains in Tamil Nadu.
The Sun rises on the eastern hills and sets at the western mountains
and the beauty of sunrise and sunset through the mountains
surrounded by green forest is an unique view that can be experienced
only at Ramakkal.
At night the view of the townships gives you a feeling that there is
festival of lights in the forest. The place is a safe haven for a
number of birds that will put you asleep in the night with their
beautiful songs and their chirping songs will wake you up in the
morning to start a beautiful day at Ramakkal.
A few small wild animals are seen occasionally at the hills and a
large number of harmless wild animals can be seen in the trekking
routes of Ramakkal.
The Wind Factor
Ramakkal-is an unique place to experience the wind effect. The
wind gusts into the hills and recorded as maximum in Asia. The
average wind speed is about 25 km/hour. Thousands of tourists from
all over the world visits this place daily to feel light with the
winds. It is very difficult to explain the wonderful effect of winds
that fondles you on the hills. One must experience that feeling at
Ranakkalmedu. Sometimes you have to seek shelter from the winds when
you are about to fly with the winds. Itís an ideal place for
The landscape, mountains and ravines have so much beauty and
greenery that sooths your eyes. The panoramic view from the Ramakkal
mount or the Kuravan mount must be felt to experience this beautiful
Itís still beholds the virginity of the mountains and forest as
there is not much encroachments by the humans other than the few
settlers who came just after the formation of the State.
Weather, except in monsoon ( June,July & August) and winter
(November, December & January) itís very pleasant with bright
sunshine. Being high altitude and with gusting winds it is like
heaven.. During Monsoon, it is mostly raining with strong winds and
evenings are colder. Trecking becomes more adventurous and rain
gives the forest and mountain more colour and beauty, itís really
marvelous to see the rain (probably to have a rain dance) on the
mountains of Ramakkal. From November to February itís like a
paradise with beautiful sunshine.
The altitude of Ramakkal is about 3560 feet from the sea level and
about 1500 feet from the plain of land adjoining the mountains in
District Tourism Promotion council have some facilities
on top of the mountain but yet to open for the public. You may stay
in Tekkady or Munnar to Visit this beautiful hill station.
Read more about Ramakkal Visit
Periyar is a protected area, and a Project Tiger nature
reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the
mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu. It lies
in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The protected area
covers an area of 777 km≤, out of which a 350 km≤ part of the core
zone was made into the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve,
sometimes dubbed the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is often
called by the name thekkady also. Thekkady is located four km from
Kumily, approximately 100 km east of Alappuzha, 110 km west of
Madurai and 120 km southeast from Kochi.
The Periyar protected area lies in the middle of a mountainous area
of the Cardamom Hills. In the north and the east it is bounded by
mountain ridges of over 1700 metres altitude and toward the west it
expands into a 1200 Meter high plateau. From this level the altitude
drops steeply to the deepest point of the reserve, the 100 Meter
valley of the Pamba River. The highest peak is the 2019 Meter high
The sanctuary surrounds picturesque 26 km≤ Periyar lake, formed by
the building of Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895. This reservoir and the
Periyar River meander around the contours of the wooded hills,
providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife.
The temperatures vary depending upon the altitude and it ranges
between 15į Celsius in December and January and 31į Celsius in April
and May. The annual amount of precipitation lies between 2000 and
3000 mm. About two thirds of the precipitation occurs during the
southwest monsoon between June to September. A smaller amount of
precipitation occurs during the northeast monsoon between October
Approximately 75% of the entire protected area are covered of
unaffected evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forest. There typically
tall tropical tree species such as Vateria indica, Cullenia
exarillata, Hopea parviflora, Canarium strictum, Artocarpus hirsutus
and Bischofia javanica are seen. They reach heights of 40 to 50
Scarcely 13% consists of damp leaves forest, 7% of Eucalyptus
plantation and 1.5% of grassland. The remainder (around 3.5%) of the
protected area is covered by the Periyar artificial lake as well as
the Periyar River and Pamba rivers.
Altogether the reservation counts nearly 2000 kinds of flowering
plants (Angiosperms), three kinds of seed plants (gymnosperms) and
170 different species of ferns. Among the Angiosperms, there are 169
families of sweet grasses and 155 kinds of Fabaceae. Orchids, with
145 representative types, are the most frequent flower.
About 350 of the occurring plant types can be used for medical
Altogether 62 different kinds of mammal have been recorded in
Periyar, including many threatened ones. There are an estimated 24
tigers in the reserve. Tourists also come here to view the Indian
elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar
lake. The elephant number around 900 to 1000 individuals. Other
mammals found here include gaur, sambar (horse deer), barking deer,
mouse deer, Dholes (Indian wild dogs), mongoose, foxes and leopards.
Also inhabiting the park, though rarely seen, are the elusive
Four species of primates are found at Periyar - the rare lion-tailed
macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, the common langur, and the Bonnet
So far 320 different kinds have been counted in Periyar. The bird
life includes darters, cormorants, kingfishers, the great Malabar
hornbill and racket-tailed Drongos.
There are 45 different kinds of reptile in the protected area out of
which there are 30 snake, two turtle, and 13 lizard species. Among
those are Monitor lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun on
the rocks along the lake shore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar
national park often see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.
Twenty seven different kinds have been recorded, of which ten are
endemic to the Western Ghats.
In the waters of the protected area 38 different fish types live, of
which four are endemic to the Western Ghats. In artificial lake
there are two introduced species : the tilapia originally from
Africa and the carps introduced from Europe .
There is a remarkable variety of butterflies and there are about 160
different kinds in total. Some are dangerous enough to make a human
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
Periyar Tiger Reserve is located in the Western Ghats in Idukki
District of the Kerala state in India. The terrain of the Reserve is
undulating and the drainage is dendrite. North-eastern boundary of
the Reserve is a ridge, which also forms boundary between Kerala and
Tamil Nadu states for 90 km.
Its a must to go for Jungle Trek during your visit to the Periyar
National Park. There are different kind of options available for the
Jungle Trek. There are options available for the short trek of 4
hours starting in morning and afternoon. One can also trek with the
night patrol with the forest guard through the jungle, when there
are better chances of spotting wildlife from up close.
During the trek the flora and fauna can be experienced at close
quarters and if one is lucky enough there are chances to sight the
bigger animals of the cat family.
Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National
Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state
Situated close to the Kerala -Tamil Nadu border town of Kumily, it
is located about 257 km (160 miles) from Trivandrum, 114 km from
Madurai Airport, 185 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km
from Kottayam railway station. The sanctuary is famous for its dense
evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass
lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur,
lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km≤ (300 sq.
miles), of which 360 km≤ (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest.
The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in
1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam
across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest
attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down
to play in the lake.
Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black
pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary
The sanctuary is spread over an area of about 777sqkm and comprises
of a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life. The sanctuary was
declared a tiger reserve sometime in 1978. It has an artificial lake
formed by the Mullai Periyar Dam, built across the Periyar river.
This place consists of spice and coffee plantations. It is about 5
km from Thekkady.
This is located about 15km from Kumily and leads to the Cumbum
district of Tamil Nadu. This place has a lot of waterfalls and
Mangala Devi Temlple
It is situated about 15km from Thekkady and sits at an altitude of
1337m above the sea level. It is only open during the Chitra