Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu is a hill station, situated at 56 KM away from Munnar and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located about 15 km from Nedumkandom on the Munnar-Thekkady route. It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. It is the proposed site for power generation using winds. It belives that or there is a folk-tale that lord ‘Sree Rama’, the Hindu mythological God had set his foot on this rock and hence the name Rama-Kal-Medu (Meaning: Rama’s foot imprints).

  • One and Only Wind farm in Idukki.
  • The Land of Wind.
  • Excellent view of Tamil Nadu.
  • Great statue of Kuruvan & Kuruthy.
  • Amakkallu
  • Vilikelkkappara
  • Natural Caves
  • Biofarms

Getting there: Nearest railway station: Changanacherry, about 93 km. Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 190 km

TOURISM

The scenic beauty of Ramakkalmedu has attracted thousands of people including Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio. Di Caprio has reportedly said about this place that “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here”.

Main features

  • Statue of Kuruvan & Kuruthi located at the top of one of the Ramakkalmedu hills is one of the major tourist site in Ramakkalmedu.
  • Studies have shown that Ramakkalmedu is the most suitable place for setting up the farm, as the area is blessed with uninterrupted and high velocity wind during the season. Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the first wind farm in Idukki, set up at Ramakkalmedu with private participation, at a function to be held in Thookkupalam on 27th April 2008. Seven wind farm units have started supply of power to the KSEB’s Kallar sub-station.
  • The main feature of this hill is that, tourists can reach there by foot or by vehicle. Parking area is also available there. Vehicles are not allowed to enter in to the statue compound. From this site, we can see the Ramakkalmedu Wind Energy Farm.
  •  The wind farm was set up after a survey of the wind path and its velocity. With more power units to come up in the area, the total power generated will be marginally increased. All the units have started supplying power to the Kerala State Electricity Board�s (KSEB) Kallar sub-station, 17 km away from the installed area.

HISTORY OF RAMAKKALMEDU

        Ramakkalmedu is a hill station located about 15 Km from Nedumkandom. The main tourism importance of this place is the presence of excellent wind from TamilNadu. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a panoramic view of picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slop of the western ghats. You’ll have a bird’s view of 5 major towns of TN. Its dryness , its brownish ground , its straight roads, and houses that looks like a hut from top. You just have to turn back, to see the contrast. A completely green kerala, with peaks blocking every view of yours. You can leave your vehicle near the Shiva Temple . There should be a few small shops open where you can rejuvenate yourself for the climb.

KURUVAN & KURUTHI STATUE

        Statue of Kuruvan & Kuruthi located at the top of one of the Ramakkalmedu hills is one of the major tourist site in Ramakkalmedu. C.B. Jinanshadod of Balaramapuram is the architecture of this famous statue. It was launched  in 1st August of 2005. Hundreds of tourists visits here daily. From this hill we can see  certain portion of Tamil Nadu state. Also you can see here two huge statues of ‘Kuruvan’ and ‘Kurathi’, the two historical characters of the local community who’s name where given to the rocks between which the Idukki Dam was built. It believes that Kuruvan and Kuruthi found the place for the famous Idukki Dam.  Tourists are not allowed to climb up the statue at anytime. It’s strictly prohibited by rules. From the statue we can see the family of Kuruvan along with a cook. Behind the statue, the authority made up a Mandapam, which serves as a rest house for tourists.

The main feature of this hill is that, tourists can reach there by foot or by vehicle. Parking area is also available there. Vehicles are not allowed to enter in to the statue compound. From this site, we can see the Ramakkalmedu Wind Energy Farm.

  • One and Only Wind farm in Idukki.
  • The Land of Wind.
  • Excellent view of Tamil Nadu.
  • Great statue of Kuruvan & Kuruthy.
  • Amakkallu
  • Vilikelkkappara
  • Natural Caves
  • Biofarms

Getting there: Nearest railway station: Changanacherry, about 93 km. Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 190 km

WIND FARM

        Studies have shown that Ramakkalmedu is the most suitable place for setting up the farm, as thearea is blessed with uninterrupted and high velocity wind during the season. Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the first wind farm in Idukki, set up at Ramakkalmedu with private participation, at a function to be held in Thookkupalam on 27th April 2008. Seven wind farm units have started supply of power to the KSEB’s Kallar sub-station.

         With more power units to come up in the area, the total power generated will be marginally increased. Seven more units are in under construction. Agencies like Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) are keen to launch wind units at Ramakkalmedu, which has been found best suited for generating wind power, sources. Averagewindspeed here is 30.04 Km/h. The wind farm is an added attraction to Ramakkalmedu, which is known as a major tourism spot that provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu. Around 10,000 visitors come to the area each day since the launch of the windmill. Official sources say the cost of installing (excluding the land price) a wind unit is Rs.4.15 crore and the power generated is sold to the KSEB at a rate of Rs.3.15 paise a unit as fixed by the Central Regulatory Authority. Each unit now produces 500 to 600 kWh electricity and it can reach 1,500 kWh calculated at a maximum speed of 24 rpm (revolution per minute). Companies such as Etton World, Sun Star, IBN, Zenith Energy, Eastern and Miton have installed units with technical support of Vestar India, an arm of Vestar Denmark, which at present has 35,000 wind farms the world over.

WIND ENERY FARM

       Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the first wind farm in Idukki, set up at Ramakkalmedu with private participation, at a function held in Thookkupalam on 27th April 2008. Seven wind farm units have started supply of power to the KSEB?s Kallar sub-station.

       The wind farm was set up after a survey of the wind path and its velocity. With more power units to come up in the area, the total power generated will be marginally increased. All the units have started supplying power to the Kerala State Electricity Board�s (KSEB) Kallar sub-station, 17 km away from the installed area.

       Agencies like Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) are keen to launch wind units at Ramakkalmedu, which has been found best suited for generating wind power, sources.

       With more private companies set to enter the sector, it is expected that power shortage in the peak hours will be considerably reduced. The technical support for setting up the wind farm is provided by Vestas India. Companies such Mitcon, Eastern, Zenith Energy, Sun Star and IBN have wind farm units at Ramakkalmedu. Since Ramakkalmedu lies between Thekkady and Munnar and is already in the tourism map, wind farm is set to supplement tourism

  • Second most suitable place in the country for setting up wind farms.
  • Total production of wind energy would reach 50 MW.
  • Totaly 20 turbines at Ramakkalmedu.
  • Started power supply to the KSEB?s Kallar substation.
  • 917 km transmission line.

POWER GENERATION

    The Government aims at generating 100 MW electricity from wind power in two years. The Ramakkalmedu scheme would generate 10.5 M.W power. The Government is sworn to tap all non-conventional sources for generating power. Technology for generating power even from garbage has been developed. Government has held fruitful discussion with France in this regard. Official sources say the cost of installing (excluding the land price) a wind unit is Rs.4.15 crore and the power generated is sold to the KSEB at a rate of Rs.3.15 paise a unit as fixed by the Central Regulatory Authority. Each unit now produces 500 to 600 kWh electricity and it can reach 1,500 kWh calculated at a maximum speed of 24 rpm (revolution per minute).

       Dedicating the Ramakkarmedu project to the State Chief Minister revealed that the studies conducted by ANERT (Agency for Non Conventional Energy and Rural Technology) showed that 650 MW could be produced using wind energy in the State. However, it took two decades for ANERT to study the wind pattern and submit a report on the potential of wind farm as an alternative source of power generation. Seventeen places have been identified for setting up wind farms. Ramakkalmedu is the second most suitable place in the country for setting up wind farms and the availability of vast barren land there shows the tremendous untapped potential existing there for power generation. Government would give sanction to any project by an individual to set up wind units in his land with ANERT clearance. Another wind farm project aimed at 16 MW production is under way at Agali in Palakkad district. The total production of wind energy would reach 50 MW with the completion of 20 turbines at Ramakkalmedu. All the 14 wind units already completed at Ramakkalmedu have started power supply to the KSEB?s Kallar substation through a 917 km transmission line. In comparison to thermal, atomic and hydro-electric plants where pollution, waste management and ecological costs are high, wind energy, with a zero level of pollution, opens a new window as energy supplier. Companies such as Etton World, Sun Star, IBN, Zenith Energy, Eastern and Miton have installed units with technical support of Vestar India, an arm of Vestar Denmark, which at present has 35,000 wind farms the world over.

India’s Largest Windpower Facilities (10 MW and Greater)

Power Plant Owner Location Total
Capacity
(MWe)
City State
Vankusawade Wind Park Suzlon Energy Ltd. Satara Dist. Maharashtra 259
Cape Comorim Aban Lloyd Chiles
Offshore Ltd.
Cape Comorim Tamil Nadu   33
Kayathar Subhash Subhash Ltd. Kayathar Tamil Nadu   30
Ramakkalmedu Subhash Ltd. Ramakkalmedu Kerala   25
Muppandal Wind Muppandal Wind Farm Muppandal Tamil Nadu   22
Gujdimangalam Gujdimangalam Wind Farm Gujdimangalam Tamil Nadu   21
Puthlur RCI Wescare (India) Ltd. Puthlur Andhra Pradesh   20
Lamda Danida Danida India Ltd. Lamda Gujarat   15
Chennai Mohan Mohan Breweries
& Distilleries Ltd.
Chennai Tamil Nadu   15
Jamgudrani MP MP Windfarms Ltd. Dewas Madhya Pradesh   14
Jogmatti BSES BSES Ltd. Chitradurga Dist. Karnataka   14
Perungudi Newam Newam Power
Company Ltd.
Perungudi Tamil Nadu   12
Kethanur Wind Farm Kethanur Wind Farm Kethanur Tamil Nadu   11
Hyderabad APSRTC Andhra Pradesh State
Rapid Transit Corp.
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh   10
Muppandal Madras Madras Cements Ltd. Muppandal Tamil Nadu   10
Poolavadi Chettinad Chettinad Cement
Corp. Ltd.
Poolavadi Tamil Nadu   10
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