About Palakkad

Country: India | State: Kerala

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Palakkad: Coimbatore (49 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Palakkad: October to March

Peak Season: November & May to June

At a distance of 52 km from Coimbatore, 140 km from Kochi, 65 km from Thrissur and 336 km from Trivandrum, Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. Palakkad, the Granary of Kerala, is one of the top Kerala tourist places.

Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (a tree Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Palakkad is considered as the gateway to Kerala from the north.

The history of Palakkad dates back to the Paleolithic period; several megalithic relics have been found in the region. During the second and third centuries, the Pallavas of Kanchi probably invaded the present region of Palakkad. The Perumals and then the Utayavars ruled for several centuries. After the rule of Zamorin of Calicut, it was under Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and finally became part of Malabar district of the Madras Presidency.

Palakkad is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala with several Waterfalls, Dams and Sanctuaries. Palakkad Fort, Jainmedu, Kalpathy, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Pothundi Dam, Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, Pallassena and Dhoni Waterfalls are the famous tourist places in Palakkad. The district is gifted with the beauty of virgin and verdant Nelliampathy hills, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Attappady hills and Mangalam, Kanjirapuzha, Siruvani and Parambikulam Dams.

Palakkad is known for its different cultural traditions which are reflected in the form of fairs and festivals. Some of the major fairs and festivals of Palakkad are Kalpathy Car Festival, Manappullikavu Vela, Nenmara-Vallengi Vela, Chittur Kongan Pada, Jain Temple Festivals, Ottappalam Nercha Festival and Sivarathri festival.

Coimbatore International Airport (68 km) and Cochin International Airport (107 km) are the nearest airports to Palakkad. There are two railway stations, the main one is the Palakkad Junction situated 5 km from the city and other at the Palakkad Town Railway Station. Long distance trains are operated from Palakkad Junction and short distance trains run from Palakkad Town Station. Trains are available from Coimbatore, Madurai, Pollachi, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Bokaro, Mumbai, Chennai, Ernakulum, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Palakkad is well by bus with Coimbatore, Ernakulum, Hosur, Madurai, Ooty, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Mannarkkat, Palani, Pollachi, Guruvayoor, Thrissur and Malampuzha.

Best time to visit Palakkad is from September to May while the peak season is from March to May. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0491
Languages Spoken: Tamil,Malayalam , Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Kalpathi Chariot Festival (Nov),
Manappullikavu Vela (Feb/Mar),
Kaniyarkali (Mar/Apr),
Vallanghy Nenmara Vela (Apr),
Kalapoottu / Cattle Race (Dec/Jan),
Konganpada (Mar),
Pattambi Nercha (Feb),
Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram (Mar/Apr)
Notes/Tips:
None

How to Reach Palakkad

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (58 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Palakkad Railway Station (0 Kms)
Palghat Railway Station (4 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Palakkad Central Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Palakkad

Backwaters | Nature

#1 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 9 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Malampuzha Dam is a large irrigation dam built on Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathapuzha River at the base of the hills of the Western Ghats. The reservoir provides drinking water to Palakkad town.

There is a beautiful well laid garden near the Dam. There are lush green lawns, innumerable flower beds, glittering pools, fountains and avenues. There is a fresh water aquarium, Snake Park and a Children's park with a toy train. The Garden house has a unit of Water sports also. The imposing concrete sculpture of YAKSHI, the passenger ropeway, first of its kind in South India, offers adventurous and delightful air journey of 20 minutes across the garden are added attractions of the park. A telescopic tower, the first rock garden and the first amusement park of Kerala Fantasy Park are also located at Malampuzha. The reservoir has boating and fishing facilities.

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Heritage

#2 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 2 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Tippu's Fort is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala built by Haider Ali in 1766.

The fort was taken over and renovated by British in 1790. The fort is protected by Archeological Survey of India. Even today, the tough walls of the fort speak volumes about the stories of Tipu Sultan. The fort is square in shape, with massive walls and strong bastions in all four corners and in the middle. The entrance was through a draw bridge which was later replaced by a permanent one. The spacious ground surrounding the fort is known as Kota Maidanam. It had once served as a stable for the elephants and horses of Tipu's Forts and now a place for public meetings, circus. A sub-jail and a martyr's column are also located within the fort premises.

The fort houses an open air auditorium, called Rappadi, Hanuman Temple and a children's park (Nehru Park).

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM.

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Wildlife

#3 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 53 km from Palakkad, 40 km from Mannarkad & 102 km from Coimbatore, Silent Valley National Park is an evergreen rain forest located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats.

Spread across 90 sq. kms, it is one of the smallest national parks in India and the only rain forest in India. This altitude of the park varies between 658 to 2383 meters. The park provides shelter for variety of species including elephants, tigers, leopards, wild boar, sambhar, gaur and the endangered lion-tailed macaque. The park is also heaven for bird watchers and trekkers.

The park is divided into 4 parts, Nilikkal, Sairandhri, Poochipara & Walakkad and only Sairandhri is open for tourists. Mukkali (on Mannarkad-Anaikatti-Coimbatore road) is the entry point to the park where private Jeeps are found to get into the park (guides are also available here). Vehicles are allowed till Sairandhri watchtower (23 Kms from Mukkali). Visitors can .....

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Hill Station

#4 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 60 km from Palakkad, 75 km from Pollachi, 75 km from Thrissur & 105 km from Coimbatore, Nelliyampathy, also spelled as Nelliampathi, is a charming hill town in Palakkad district of Kerala. The Nelliyampathy hills and mountains form a part of the Sahyadri ranges in the Western Ghats. These hills are located in the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border sharing border with Palakkad district of Kerala and Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.

Nelliyampathy is one of the less explored hill stations of Kerala which has an elevation ranging from 467 m to 1572 m. It is also an ideal weekend getaway from Coimbatore city. The green sprawling Nellikota Mountain ranges which is anchored at a height of 1572 m is the highest peak in the region. Covered with valleys and green forests, the mountain range of Nelliyampathy has several tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The extensive expanses of plantations offer unique opportunities of plantation .....

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Backwaters

#5 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 41 Kms from Palakkad, Mangalam Dam is constructed on the river Cherukunnapuzha, a tributary of the river Mangalam. It is a popular picnic site from Palakkad.

The construction of the scenic dam was completed in the year 1956. The entire area is quite fascinating with beautiful parks and lawns.

Located on the Alathur - Vadakkanchery Highway, the reservoir is bounded with forest area which is home for wildlife like deer, elephants and a variety of birds.

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Backwaters

#6 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 39 Kms from Palakkad, Meenkara Dam is a lovely picnic spot amidst great scenic beauty.

This dam is built across the Gayathri River which flows into the Bharathapuzha River. This is a fascinating place with full of paddy & coconut fields and full of greenery.

Meenkara Dam can be access through Puthunagaram, Pallassana & Kollengode.

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Backwaters | Nature

#7 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 47 Kms from Coimbatore and 51 Kms from Palakkad, Siruvani Dam is a wonderful place located in thick forest in Palakkad district of Kerala state.

Build across Siruvani River in 1927, the Siruvani Reservoir is the main source of drinking water to the city of Coimbatore. The water of Siruvani Reservoir are famous for the sweatness. People of Coimbatore are very fond of this water, some even carry the water when travel outstation.

Surrounded by Muthikulam Hill, the scenic beauty of Siruvani is simply enchanting. Boating facility is not available in this lake since it's the source of drinking water.

This place is connected by frequent buses from Coimbatore city.

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Waterfall

#8 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 30 Kms from Palakkad & 77 Kms from Coimbatore, Meenvallam Waterfalls is a magnificent 5 step waterfall near Karimba town in Palakkad district of the Kerala state.

The height of the waterfall varies from 20 feet to 25 feet at each step. Only two of the five steps of the falls are accessible. Swimming/bathing is possible at these falls.

This place is about 8 km from Thuppanad Junction on Palakkad-Mannarkkad route. Thuppanad Junction is connected by frequent buses from Palakkad. Private vehicles can be hired from here to the falls. About 2 Kms trekking is required to reach these falls which includes crossing Thuppanad River.

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#9 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 81 km from Kochi, 55 km from Athirapally, 69 km from Palakkad, 113 km from Kozhikode, 114 km from Coimbatore, 279 km from Trivandrum and 280 km from Madurai, Thrissur (also known as Trichur) is a city situated in central Kerala. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also a famous pilgrimage site in Kerala state. This is one of the ideal weekend getaways around Kochi & Coimbatore.

The name Thrissur was derived from Tiru-Shiva-Peru which literally means the big town of Lord Shiva. The name owes itself to the most prominent feature of the city that is the Vadakkunathan Temple, Shiva as its presiding deity. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history.

Thrissur had witnessed the rise and fall of various dynasties that include the Chera and Kulasekharas in the 12th .....

Distance (From Palakkad): 64 Kms
Trip Duration (From Palakkad - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Pilgrimage

#10 of 23 Places to Visit in Palakkad

At a distance of 3 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, the Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy Temple is the oldest Shiva temple in this region.

Situated on the banks of Kalpathy River, the temple was built around 1425 AD by Kombi Achan, the raja of Palakkad. Legend has it that a Brahmin widow named Lakshmiammal went to Banaras and brought Lingam and installed in the present site. The location of the temple and steps leading to the river brings mind of a visitor the Banaras Temples on the bank of Ganges. Hence this temple is called Half Banaras.

The annual chariot festival is a popular event celebrated for 7 days in the month of November. On the last 3 days, beautifully decorated temple chariots are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees. The festival is dominated by three magnificent chariots, bedecked with flowers and flags, each sanctified by the presence of the Lord.

Timings: 5:30 AM to 8 PM.

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