Located at about 45 kms from Ramakkalmedu Idukki arch dam constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam. Idukki arch dam is 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide. The dam is open to visitors only during onam and X'mas holidays for a fortnight. Entrance fee to the dam top is 10/- per head, but do remember to keep the ticket to show at the dam exit. The dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage.
Ramakkalmedu is located almost at the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Karunapuram panchayath near Nedumkandam on Thekkady-Munnar road.
The statue of Kuravan - Kurathi sculpted by C.B. Jinan has now become symonymous to Ramakkalmedu. The statue was erected in 2005. There is quite a nice resting place here located behind this statue meant for visitors.
Ramakalmedu stands tall in the western ghats at a height of 3500 feet above sea level. Constant wind is one thing which makes Ramakkalmedu unique. Wind blows at a speed around 35 km per hour at Ramakkalmedu throughout the year irrespective of the season and time. A wind energy farm with a capacity of 12.5 MW is installed at Ramakalmedu.
Ramakkalmedu is a laid back destination away from everything. There are many spots near Ramakkalmedu at ideal distance for a one day picnic. Ramakkalmedu is approximately 45 kms from Tekkady and 75 kms from Munnar
As per legend lord 'Sree Rama', the Hindu mythological God had set his foot on a rock in Ramakkalmedu and hence the name Ramakkalmedu.
The Wind Farm
The wind farm was set up in 2008 and was inaugurated by then Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan. The Government aims at generating 100 MW electricity from wind power in two years. The Ramakkalmedu scheme would generate 10.5 M.W power.