Peermade

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Peermade
പീരുമേട്
Perumade, Peerumed, Peerumade, Peermede
town
Peermade is located in Kerala
Peermade
Peermade
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°33′02″N 77°01′49″E / 9.5505100°N 77.0302580°E / 9.5505100; 77.0302580Coordinates: 9°33′02″N 77°01′49″E / 9.5505100°N 77.0302580°E / 9.5505100; 77.0302580
Country  India
State Kerala
District Idukki
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-37

Peermade is a hill station in the state of Kerala, India. It 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 through the nearby city of Kanjirappally.

The landscape of Peermade includes spectacular waterfalls, open grass lands and pine forests.[1] It was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. Tamil people make up the majority of Peermade's population.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the largest wildlife reserves in India, is 43 kilometres (27 mi) away. It has herds of elephants and other wildlife as well as lakes.

The name is sometimes related to the Sufi saint, Peer Mohammed, as "hill of the Peer" (പീരുമേട്).[2]

Spices[edit]

The area is extremely fertile and until recently featured lush plantations of coffee, tea, cardamon, and coconut.[3] With a long history of spice growing, the focus is now on the production of organic black pepper, white pepper, ginger and turmeric.[4]

At a 2006 show, spice growers from Peermade displayed samples of organically grown spices including cardamom, black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, mace, cloves, turmeric, ginger, vanilla beans, vanilla powder and herbs such as oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary. Oils of thyme and rosemary were also displayed.[5]

Lush green tea estates in Peermade, Idukki district

Education[edit]

Mar Baselios Christian College of Engineering and Technology[6] and Marian College[7] are located at Kuttikanam in Peermade.

Politics[edit]

Peermade assembly constituency is part of Idukki (Lok Sabha constituency).[8]

Monsoon stream flowing through a tea estate in Peermade, Idukki

Com. E S Bijimol is the current MLA of peermade.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://old.kerala.gov.in/kercaljan06/p38-41.pdf A Heaven away from Heaven / George Thengummoottil / PRD, Government of Kerala
  2. ^ http://www.theindia.info/peermade/ Story of Tea Plantation in Kerala / George Thengummoottil
  3. ^ "A bitter brew in the high ranges". Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Mapping India's spice route from past to present". Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Organic Show - Peermede Development Board's stand". Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  6. ^ http://www.mbcpeermade.com Mar Baselios Christian College of Engineering and Technology website
  7. ^ http://www.mariancollege.org Marian College Kuttikanam
  8. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies". Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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