|Experience peace and quiet in Peermedu – a hill station of outstanding natural beauty. Decades ago, Peer Mohammed, a Sufi saint lived in Peermedu, and it was after him the place earned the name Peermedu or the Peer’s valley. Once you are in Peermedu, you would find that there would not be a better place for a saint to reside than the wild and beautiful hills and valleys embodied in an all pervading tranquility.
Apart from the wild, Peermedu is a plantation town, where you can find vast stretches of coffee, tea, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus.
Peermedu’s history has a royal touch for it was the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. The erstwhile Travancore kingdom comprising the southern parts of the present day Kerala state was a noted principality of south India.
Ammachikkottaram, the summer residence of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai who ruled the Travancore kingdom as Maharani Regent from 1924 to 1931, is a prominent landmark of Peermedu. The elegant bungalow is today a private residence.
Peermedu’s fame doesn’t fade with the dawn of the royal era. The hill station also played host to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime Minister of Independent India. Nehru tops the proud list of guests of the Government Guest House in Peermedu.