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Kerala Tourist Places - PALAKKAD

Area 4480 sq. km
Population 2,382,235 (2001 census)
Altitude Above sea level

The district of Palakkad known as the granary of Kerala, is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, this is the gateway to Kerala from the north. Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest) which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweets scented flowers of the Pala tree .

Accessing Palakkad
Telephone access code : +91-491

Air :Nearest Airport : Coimbatore (55 km)

Rail : Palakkad Junction Railway Station (5 km from the city) is a major railhead of the Southern Railways.

Road : Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India. KSRTC bus stand Ph: 2520098.
Places to Visit

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

Distance : 10 km from Palakkad
This famous 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.

The garden : Ph: 2815280, Lush green lawns, Well laid-out flower beds, Cool pools, fountains and pathways, Rock garden (Open 1000 - 1800 hrs), The rose garden has over a hundred varieties of the flower, An aerial ropeway across the garden, The dams and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from 1900 - 2000 hrs. On other days they are illuminated on request for a fee. The reservoir : Boating and fishing facilities are available here. Pedalboats, rowboats, water scooters and motorboats can be hired from 1000 - 1800 hrs. a well maintained swimming pool (Tuesday holiday), A fresh water aquarium (Open 1100 - 2000 hrs & 1300 - 2100 hrs on holidays), A snake park (Open 0800 - 1800 hrs), A children’s park

Pothundy

Distance : 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

Distance : 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.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance : 110 km from Palakkad
Sprawled 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.

Permitting authority : Divisional Forest Officer, Parambikulam, Thoonakkadavu Ph: 04253-277233.

Nelliyampathy

Distance : 40 km south of Nenmara
This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 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 forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The DTPC Palakkad offers accommodation in the tourist resort with all facilities (6 double rooms and 2 dormitories).

Chittur Gurumandam (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

JainTemple of Jainimedu

Situated on the western suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 feet long, 20 ft. 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).

Attappady

Distance : 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.

Silent Valley National Park

Distance : 40 km northwest of Mannarkad
The 89.52 sq. km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into River Bharathapuzha.