Palakkad


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Palakkad lies at the foot of the Western Ghats on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Coimbatore is just 50 km away from Palakkad. The district known for its historical background has the remnants of the fort of Tipu Sultan. Lined with mountains, forests, rivulets and mountain streams, Palakkad is where you will find nature at its natural best.

Palakkad is a land of palm trees and paddy fields. 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.

The soil is fertile and is favourable for agriculture. The district is even described as the granary of the state of Kerala. Palakkad also has many dams and irrigation projects such as Walayar, Malampuzha, Pothundy, and Parambikulam.


Fact File  
Area 4480 sq kms
Population 26,17,072 
Best time to visit August to February
Temperature   20 – 45 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0491


Attractions

Tipu Sultan's Fort

The fort built in 1766 by Hyder Ali is one of the well preserved forts of Kerala. The fort was captured by the British in 1784. It was later taken by the troops of the Kozhikode Zamorin but was recaptured by the British again in 1790. Tipu Sultan did not give up easily and he fought continuously for

Varahamoorthi Kshethram

The legend behind this temple is what makes it special. According to the myth, Perumthachan, an expert carpenter began constructing this temple after being challenged to build a temple that could challenge heaven. Lord Indra truly got envious of the temple and altered minute measurements of the temple...

Mayiladumpara Sanctuary

A sanctuary not bound by fence or gate, the Mayiladumpara sanctuary that houses around 200 peacocks allows free access. Though sightings of the peacocks are infrequent during the day, they can be seen moving around during dawn and dusk. The sanctuary is at Nedungathara, about 25 km south of Palakkad....

Malampuzha

There are several places of interest in Malampuzha. Be it the Malampuzha dam built on the River Bharathapuzha or the garden near the dam or Fantasy Park, the water theme park, there is everything you want on a holiday – serenity, fun and excitement. Easily accessible from Palakkad, Malampuzha is...

Nelliampathi

Situated about 80 km away from Palakkad, Nelliampathy is a hill station in the Nelliampathy forest ranges. A series of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dark evergreen forests make this breathtaking hill station all the more special.

Silent Valley National Park

The Silent Valley gets its name from the eerie silence that surrounds this valley because of the lack of cicadas. The habitat of rare species, Silent Valley is at a distance of 80 km from Palakkad. The valley which is a protected area for tigers, lion-tailed macaques, is also inhabited by tribals.

Walayar Dam

25 km away from Palakkad town, the Walayar Dam is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A beautiful place, it is easily accessible to the visitors to and from Tamil Nadu as well. A deer park located 3 km away from Walayar is another attraction.

Varahamoorthi Kshethram

The legend behind this temple is what makes it special. According to the myth, Perumthachan, an expert carpenter began constructing this temple after being challenged to build a temple that could challenge heaven. Lord Indra truly got envious of the temple and altered minute measurements of the temple...

Thrithala

Located 75 km from Palakkad, Thrithala is known for its monuments and historic ruins. The Siva Temple and the ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery Road are some notable monuments. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road, is of great archaeological...

Pothundy

Situated 45 km from Palakkad, on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a perfect spot for picnics and one-day trips.
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