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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » PALAKKAD
 
  
 
Palakkad is a land of palm trees and paddy fields. It's known to be rich in flora and fauna. Palakkad has probably the biggest mountain pass in the world (30-40 Kms) separating the two folds of the Western Ghats on the border of Kerala with Tamil Nadu. It is the chief granary of Kerala, often called the Gateway of Kerala. Palakkad lies at the foot of the gigantic Western ghats on the border of Kerala. Palakkad is known for its historical background and the remnants of Tippu Sulthan’s Fort. Palakkad district is situated in the South West Coast of India. This district with mountains, forests, and fertile valleys, rivers and mountain streams are rich in flora and fauna.

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 is known for its historical background and the remnants of Tippu Sulthan's Fort are still maintained. Palakkad was part of the Madras Presidency until Independence.

 
     
     
 
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  Thrithala   Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary   Nelliampathi  
             
  Silent Valley Park   Malampuzha   Palakkad Fort  
             
  Kollengode   Attappady   Chittur Garumadam  
             
  Dhoni   Jain Temple of Jainimedu   Kottayi  
             
  Lakkidi   Meenkara   Ottapalam  
             
  Pothundy   Siruvani   Thenari  
             
      The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple      
 
     
     
 
Thrithala
 
 
Destination Thrithala
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
75 kms from palakkad along the banks of Bharatapuzha River, it has a Shiva temple. Kattilmadom temple on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road has archeological significance. The small granite structure a testimony of buddist influence built probably during the 9th or 10th century.
 
 
 
     
 
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
Destination Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type Wildlife
Activities Wildlife Safari/Bird Watching
Undoubtedly one of the best places in which to view wildlife are several distinct areas each offering its own scenic and animal attractions, sprawled acreooss 285 sq. km and 110 km away from Palakkad along the bank of the Bharatrhapuzha River. This Sanctuary is home to rare fauna. The oldest teak tree, Kannimari stands tall here. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Reservoir.
 
 
 
     
 
Neliampathi
 
 
Destination Nelliampathi
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
This engrossing hill station is at height of 467 m to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat Road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forest of the Sahya Ranges.75 kms away the ranges here consist of a chain of ridges cut off from one anothery by valleys. The highest peak is Nellikotta. The forest contains teak of extraordinary height and girth. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom dot the ranges.
 
 
 
     
 
Silent Valley Park
 
 
Destination Silent Valley Park
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Attappadi Reserve Forests in the east, and vested forests of the Palghat and Nilambur divisions in the west and south. In the North, the park is an extension of the Nilgiri Forests. The Silent Valley National Park has an amazing range of wildlife ranging from wild tigers and mammals to South Indian Peninsula, such as, the Nilgiri Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Lion- Tailed Macaque, Flying Squirrel and Civet Cat. The Silent Valley National Park is famous for Butterflies. The Silent Valley National Park, which despite its name often echoes with the collective sound of its wildlife, is the hub of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park is also known for its unusual history, as compared to those of others. The local name of the park is Sairandhrivanam and has been a topic of debate for last few decades. The history of the park is dated back to 1888 when the region was declared a reserved land under the Forest Act and later notified as a Reserved Forest by the Government of Madras in 1914.The Silent Valley National Park is a heavy rainfall region with the places in the higher altitudes getting the highest rain. The average rainfall in the region varies between 2800 and 3400 mm. The park receives most of its rainfall during the southwest monsoon from June to December. The relative humidity is considerably high during this season with the maximum at times going to 95%. April and May are the hottest months while January and February are the coolest months, though not much difference in the temperature is experienced.
 
 
 
     
 
Malampuzha
 
 
Destination Malampuzha
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Malampuzha is a beautiful picnic spot on the lower hills of the Western Ghats and is situated 12 km. away from Palakkad. There is a dam and a beautiful garden here. Aerial ropeway across the garden and a Telescope tower is also here. Boating and fishing facilities, Swimming pool, Fresh water aquarium and a Snake park.
 
 
 
     
 
Palakkad Fort
 
 
Destination Palakkad Fort
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
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.
 
 
 
     
  Kollengode  
 
Destination Kollengode
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(19 km south of Palakkad) : Kollengode or 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 trekkers.
 
 
 
 
     
  Attappady  
 
Destination Attappady
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(38 km north-east of Mannarkad) A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes like the Irulas and Mudugars. The Malleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the tribals who also celebrate the Sivarathri festival with great gusto. A PWD Rest House, and a few private hotels offer accommodation at Agali.
 
 
 
     
  Chittur Garumadam  
 
Destination Chittur Garumadam
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(Thekkegramam near Arikkode): Located on the banks of the river Sokanasini (the destroyer of sorrows), this is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. A srichakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus, wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here.
 
 
 
     
  Dhoni  
 
Destination Dhoni
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities Trekking
(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.
 
 
 
 
     
  Jain Temple of Jainimedu  
 
Destination Jain Temple of Jainimedu
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Situated on the western suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 feet long, 20 feet wide granite temple displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. The region around the temple, known as Jainimedu, is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poem Veenapoovu (The fallen flower).
 
 
 
     
  Kottayi  
 

Destination

Kottayi
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(15 km via Poodur from Palakkad): This tiny village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.
 
 
 
 
     
  Lakkidi  
 
Destination Lakkidi
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(30 km from Palakkad): Killikkurissimangalam 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  
 
Destination Meenkara
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(32 km from Palakkad): This picnic spot is the site of a dam across the river Gayathri which flows into the Bharathapuzha.
 
 
 
 
     
  Ottapalam  
 
Destination Ottapalam
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(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.
 
 
 
     
  Pothundy  
 
Destination Pothundy
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(45 km from Palakkad): Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.
 
 
 
 
     
  Siruvani  
 
Destination Siruvani
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
(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.
 
 
 
     
  Thenari  
 
Destination Thenari
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, located in front of the old Sree Rama Temple here, is as sacred as the waters of the Ganges.
 
 
 
 
     
  The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple  
 
Destination The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple
Location Palakkad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.