||Central-east Kerala, India
||Malayalam ,Tamil and English
||Parambikulam Wildlife, Silent Valley, Tirthala, Tipu Sultan
|How to Reach:
||Nearest Airport is Coimbatore, 52 Km. Palakkad is well
connected to other parts of Kerala with rail and road link.
||Hot and humid
|Best Time to Visit:
||October to March
Palakkad or Palghat lies at the foot of the gigantic
western ghats, on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. It is situated 80
Km. north east of trichur and 50 Km south west of Coimbatore. This
district is desicribed as the granary of the state of Kerala. This
district with mountains , forests and fertile valleys, rivers and
mountain streams are rich in flora and fauna. There are many dams and
irrigation projects such as Walayar, Malampuzha, Pothundy, Parambikulam,
etc. in Palakkad.
Enriched with mountains, forests, valleys and
rivers, this land is home to a rich flora and fauna. Historically, it
dates back to the Paleolithic period; several megalithic relics have
been found here. More recently, the Perumals and then the Utayavars
ruled for several hundred years. In 1757, the Raja of Palakkad invited
Hyder Ali of Mysore to free the land from the Zamorin. Haider Ali and
later his son Tipu Sultan stayed on to rule the region until Tipu ceded
all his Malabar territories to the British following his defeat in 1872.
Palakkad was part of the Madras Presidency until Independence.Places
to visit in Palakkad
How to reach Palakkad
- Palakkad Fort:
The old granite fort situated in the
very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala.
It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over
and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the
Archaeological Survey of India.
- Malampuzha Garden (10 km from Palakkad):
picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped
gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. There
are frequent buses to this place from Palakkad.
- Fantasy Park
- Pothundy(45 km from Palakkad):
Situated on the way to
Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location
for picnics and half-day trips.
- Thiruvalathoor (10 km from Palakkad) :
temple here has some fine wood work and stone sculptures.
- Dhoni (15 km from Palakkad):
It takes a three hour
trek from the base of the Dhoni hills to reach this reserve forest
area with its small, beautiful waterfall.
- Kottayi :(15 km via Poodur from Palakkad):
village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha
Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.
- Kollengode (19 km south of Palakkad):
the abode of blacksmiths enshrines the pristine beauty of rural
Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace, the Vishnu Temple and the poet P.
Kunhiraman Nair Memorial are worth visiting. Seethakundu and
Govindamalai hills near Kaachankurichi are ideal for adventurous
- Lakkidi (30 km from Palakkad):
at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the 18th century
satirist and exponent of the Tullal (classical art form). The poet's
house has been preserved as a monument by the State Government.
- Meenkara(32 km from Palakkad):
This picnic spot is
the site of a dam across the river Gayathri which flows into the
- Ottappalam(35 km from Palakkad):
The town is known
for its numerous places of worship and their colourful festivals.
Durga Temple the Pooram at Chenakkathur the Nercha festival
commemorating the Aulia.
- Thrithala (75 km from Palakkad):
This place is noted
for its monuments and historic ruins. The Siva Temple and the ruins
of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery road are notable
cultural monuments. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist
monument on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road, is of great archaeological
importance. It is believed to date back to the 9th/10th century AD.
The Paakkanaar memorial, honouring the Pariah saint, stands near
Thrithala Koottanad road. This is also the native place of renowned
writer and social reformer VT Bhattathiripad.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (110 km from Palakkad):
across 285 sq. km, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to
rare wild animals. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the
Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State Forest
Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady offer
accommodation. A tree house in the reserve forest area in
Thoonakkadavu has to be booked in advance. The oldest teak tree,
kannimari is found here.
- Siruvani (46 km north of Mannarkad and 48 km from Palakkad):
The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the
Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of
Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam
are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani
is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars.
- Kalpathi Ratholsavam:
Annual chariot festival at
Viswanatha Temple (November )
- Vela at Manappulli Kavu:
Annual festival at the
Bhagavathy Temple (March)
An art form exclusive to the Nair
community of the district of Palakkad,
- Kanniyarkali is performed in temples as well as Nair
- Nenmara Vallengy Vela:
Annual festival at the
Bhagavathy Temple at Nellikkulangara near Nenmara, on the Pooram day
of the Malayalam month of Meenam (February/March). Highlight:
Fireworks displays .
This shadow play is performed at the
Bhagavathy temples of Palakkad (March/April)
This exciting ox race is an agrarian
sport held in the Malayalam month of Makaram (January).
- Konganpada of Chittur:
Annual festival of ritual
drama at the Chittur Kavu Bhagavathy temple (February /March)
- Pattambi Nercha:
The festival is conducted in memory
of Aloor Valia Pookkunjikoya Thangal, noted Muslim saint of South
Malabar (January - February)
- By Air
(Nearest airport Coimbatore) Palakkad does not
have an airport, and the nearest airport is Coimbatore, at a
distance of 56 kms from Palakkad. Coimbatore is connected to 7 other
Indian cities. The airlines servicing Coimbatore are Air India, Air
India-IC, Go Air, Go Business, IndiGo, Jet Airways Konnect, Jet
Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Red, Kingfisher and SpiceJet.
- By Train
Palakkad is well connected and one of the
railway divisional headquarters. Serviced by rail from all major
cities in India like Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi,
Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata.
- By Bus
You can also reach here by bus from big cities
like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram,
Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore,Salem. However there is no direct bus
- By Car
Palakkad is well connected to other cities
Chennai, Kozhikode, Ooty, Palani, Kodaikkanal, Kochi, Bangalore,
Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai by road. National Highways NH 47 and NH
217 pass through Palakkad.
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