, also transliterated
, is a hill station
in the state of Kerala
. It is high in the Western Ghats
, 915 meters above sea level, and 85 km east of Kottayam
on the way to Thekkady
The landscape of Peermade includes spectacular waterfalls, open grass lands and pine forests.It was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas
.Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
, one of the largest wildlife reserves in India, is 43 km away. It has herds of elephants
and other wildlife as well as lakes.
The name is sometimes related to the Sufi saint
, Peer Mohammed, or means "hill of the Peer".
The area is very fertile and the area had until recently lush plantations
, and coconut
. The area, with a long history of spice growing, now concentrates on producing organic black pepper
, white pepper
At a recent show spice growers from Peermade displayed samples of organically grown spices like cardamom
, black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg
, turmeric, ginger
beans, vanilla powder and herbs like oregano
. Oils of thyme and rosemary were also displayed.
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