Palakkad is situated in the foot of the Western Ghats, and the gateway to Kerala from north. It covers an area of 4480 square km. The district of Palakkad is known as the granary of Kerala. Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects……
Palakkad sightseeing places
Chittur Gurumadam: This is located on the banks of the river Sokanasini, Chittur Gurumadam is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. Some of the idols worshipped by him, wooden slippers, a stylus and a few old manuscripts are displayed here.
Kalpathy Temple: The Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple is situated 3 km from Palakkad. The annual chariot temple is a gala event. The annual 'Ratholsavam' or Chariot Festival at Sree Viswanantha Swamy temple lasts for seven days.
One of the best-preserved forts in Kerala, Haider Ali built the Palakkad fort. In 1790, The Fort was taken over and renovated by the British.
Pattambi Nercha: The annual feast of the Pattambi Mosque situated 61 km from Palakkad, falls in the first week of February. It is interesting to note that about 70 - 80 tuskers are lined up for the festival.
Malampuzha: This is a picnic spot in the lower hills of the Western Ghats. Tranquil waters shimmering in sunlight, velvet green lawns, endless flower beds gently swaying in the cool breeze, magnificent mountains towering in the backdrop, sweet fragrance of roses in the air – these are just some of the snapshots that greet you in “Natures own Malampuzha”. Malampuzha Garden is a famous picnic spot, which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats.
Dhoni Waterfall: A Dhoni waterfall is a 3 hours trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills. A thick reserve forest surrounds it. Dhoni is about 15 kms from Palakkad. There is a bedazzling petite waterfall on top of the Dhoni hills, which could be reached by a three hour long trek from the bottom of the hills. Dhoni is a lush green tropical paradise elaborately draped in a splendid green garb, guaranteed to hold you captivated in its rich natural beauty.
Meenvallam Waterfall: A Meenvallam waterfall is around 8kms from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad- Manarkkad route. It is a combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendor. The water falls from nearly 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15-20 feet. There are 10 steps of waterfalls of which eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest. They are inaccessible, only the remaining two steps are accessible. One has to hire a jeep from Koomankund junction and then trek a distance of 1.5 km by crossing the river Thuppanad.
Nelliyapathi: This fascinating hill station is 75kms. from the southeast of Plakkad, and is reached by traversing 23 hairpin curves having several vantage view points including Kesavan Para and Seethargundu. The dense and verdant forests harbour exotic wildlife.
Silent Valley National Park: This Park is located in the lush green Kundali hills of Palakkad; Silent Valley national park is the last known region that is untouched by man. Silent Valley wildlife sanctuary has got its name due to the absence of the noisy cicadas. This Park has many unique and rare herbs and plants that have medicinal value. The Silent Valley Park is rich in flora and fauna and is home to many animals and birds. The tropical greenery and streams of rivers make this place a haven for the life forms here. The animals over here include elephants, leopards, tigers, boars, etc. The endangered Lion tailed macaque and Nilgiri Langur are found over here. Along with the animals, one can find number of reptiles like snakes, amphibians, etc over here.
Attappady: The three villages of Agaly, Sholayur and Puthur are located inside the remote jungles of Silent Valley National Park, at a distance of about 50 km from Palakkad. These small tribal hamlets nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats are one of the few areas still frozen in the olden times. Some treasured moments, a true tribal experience, is what Attappady has in stock for a tourist. The natural beauty of these small hamlets is further enhanced by the many frothy brooks that crisscross the mountainous terrains. This is where one can truly experience the tribal lifestyle untouched by urban developments. The inhabitants of the area make their livelihood by hunting and gathering honey, fruits and herbs from the dense forests around, pretty much the same way their ancestors have done from times immemorial.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary nestled in the tropical wilderness and spread over a 285 sq. km area, is a haven for many species of wild animals, reptiles and birds. Several wild rivulets gushing down the mountainous terrains and sandalwood and rosewood growing in profusion sets a picture perfect stage to revel in the many wonders of nature. The dense forests are sparsely populated with just a couple of tribal hamlets scattered across the wilderness. The prime attraction here is the 360 year old teak tree “Kannimari”- the oldest and largest teak tree in the world. The park is home to Indian bison, crocodiles, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, snakes, deer and birds. The park is said to be an Ornithologists delight with a wide variety of birds in the region. The Western Ghats is one of the World’s 34 Acclaimed Bio Diversity Hotspots, which makes it a must visit destination to make your Kerala experience a truly complete one. The sanctuary is at a distance of 125 km from Palakkad town.
Pothundy: This dam is located at a distance of 42 km from Palakkad at the foot of Nelliyampathy hills. The Dam constructed in 1800 AD is braced with a unique jaggery and quicklime mortar. It is an ideal place to make a stopover on your way to Nelliyampathy. It is a small dam set in a picturesque surrounding, making it a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature and to unwind yourself.
Thenaruvi: It is a natural spring located near the famous Sri Rama temple in Palakkad. It is believed that the water from this natural spring is as sacred as the water from the River Ganges. Pilgrims flock to this natural spring to taste the holy water.
JP Smirthivanam & Deer Park: The park is a safe haven for a variety of deer and other wild animals. This Park, sprawling across 100 acres of untamed wilderness, is located inside the Walayar Reserve Forest Range on the TamilNadu-Kerala border. Elephant safaris are the best way to explore the remotest parts of the park and to catch a glimpse of the exotic wildlife. The park is located at a distance of 22 km from Palakkad town.
Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located at a distance of 30 km from Palakkad town and spread over a 500 hectare reserve forest land, has a peacock population numbering above 200 the only one of its kind in Kerala. The place is also a haven for a wide variety of exotic butterflies and bird species. The hilly terrain dotted with shrubs and wild streams make it an ideal spot to catch a glimpse of these majestic birds and butterflies in their natural habitat.
Jain temple: This historic temple built in granite has carved idols of the Jain Thirthankeras and Yakshinis. This temple is one of the very few existing Jain temples in Kerala. Although it is difficult to establish the correct age of the temple, it is estimated that the temple was built over 500 years by a Jain sage. The Jain inhabitants in the region fled during Tipu Sultans invasions.
Kollengode: The village is famous for its natural splendor, the ancient Vishnu temple and the magnificent Kollengode Palace constructed in the traditional Kerala architecture style. The timeless village of Kollengode is located at a distance of 19 km from Palakkad. This palace has now been converted into a luxury hotel complete with an Ayurvedic spa. The place is also home to the famous Indian writer Shashi Tharoor.
Things to Do
Wildlife Safaris: The trip would help you to better understand the deep mysteries of nature and appreciate the myriad facets of Mother Nature. Indulge yourself with a safari in the tropical wilderness of Palakkad. You can choose any one of the many national parks in the district. Feel yourself getting refreshed by the exotic going-back-to-nature experience.
Trekking: Through Trekking you can get closer to the beauty of Palakkad. Many of the reserve parks in Palakkad are ideal for trekking. A trip to Palakkad is never complete without a trekking expedition.
Boating: The dams and surrounding gardens are best experienced with a boating trip. It is the best way to enjoy most of the waterways in the district.
Ayurvedic Spas: Refresh and rejuvenate amidst the serene, tranquil emerald greenery of Palakkad. The place offers the perfect setting to enjoy an Ayurvedic treatment. There are many good quality spas located in and around this quaint town.
Location: Palakkad is completely landlocked with Thrissur in the South, Wayanad in the North and Tamil Nadu in the east
Climate: Palakkad enjoys a uniform temperate tropical climate most of the year with usually hot summers.
Best Time to Visit: From November to April
Shopping: Palakkad is also famous for indigenous tribal artifacts, which would make a nice souvenir of your trip to this fabulous land. Palakkad is a traditional small town ideal to buy handicrafts and handloom stuff. Make sure that you buy some of the exquisitely carved wooden idols of Hindu gods, which can be bought from all the handicraft emporiums.
How to Reach Palakkad?
By Air: Located at a distance of 160 kilometers from the Palakkad is the Cochin International Airport. Another airport is located at Coimbatore, which is around 55 kilometers from Palakkad.
By Rail: Palakkad has two railway stations. The main station called Palakkad junction is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Palakkad.
By Road: Palakkad is connected to all major towns and cities of Kerala through a wide network of roads and is easily accessible from anywhere in Kerala.