Ramakkalmedu is fast emerging as the third most favourite tourism destination in Idukki district with an average of around 1,500 visitors per day, as per an estimate of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC).
Manoj Babu K. J., DTPC secretary told The Hindu here recently that most of the tourists were from Tamil Nadu and North India in addition to those from neighbouring districts of the State.
Its location near the main tourism route connecting Thekkady and Munnar is an advantage and foreign tourists too prefer it as a stopover place, he said. Ramakkalmedu provides a panoramic view of vast stretches of Tamil Nadu vegetable farms and is ideal for trekking.
Lying on the border, the main tourist spot is divided between the two States. The DTPC has eight acres of land here and in the first phase of developing Ramakkalmedu, basic facilities will be developed and in the second phase eco-friendly cottages will be built,. According to DTPC unit manager G. Madhu, there is good prospect for developing it as a main trekking spot and a proposal has been submitted in this regard. “The plan is to arrange a one-day trekking package down the grape and vegetable gardens of Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Ramakkalmedu is just 9 km from Kombai in Tamil Nadu and except a 3-km stretch from Adivaram, there is no motorable road. People now walk 3 km to reach Ramakkalmedu. From there it is just a 16 km journey to Nedumkandam on the Thekkady-Munnar road. “If the 3 km stretch is made motorable, it will be the major route for tourist movements,” he said.