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 will find that there can’t be a better place for a saint to reside than the wild and beautiful hills and valleys of Peermedu. Apart from the wild, it 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 ruledthe 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 stationcalso played host to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime Minister of IndependentIndia. Nehru tops the proud list of guests at the Government Guest House in Peermedu.