Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Palakkad

Nearest City to Palakkad: Coimbatore (49 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Palakkad: September to May

Peak Season: March to May & November

State: Kerala | District: Palakkad

Palakkad Weather: Maximum: 36°C
Minimum: 21°C

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 situated at the foot of the Gigantic Western Ghats on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu.

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.

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:
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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)

25 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN PALAKKAD


Historical & Heritage

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.


Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

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.

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM. Ropeway Timings: 10 AM - 1 PM & 2:30-8 .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 26 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Kollengode Palace was once the seat of the Kollengode Rajas. The name was derived after 'Kollen' (black smith community), who resides here. The Kollengode Palace has now been converted into a luxury hotel with an Ayurvedic spa. Many international tourists come here for Ayurvedic treatment in natural surroundings.

The town is surrounded by the Nelliampathy Hills on one side and a large area of fertile paddy fields on the other. The Gayathri River, a tributary of Bharathpuzha winds its way through the town. The place is known for its rural setting and tourists come here to enjoy the village life. There is a famous Vishnu temple in Kollengode which is built in typical Kerala style of architecture. There are facilities for trekking in Seethakundu and Government hills near Kaachankurchi.

There is a memorial for the poet Kunhiraman, which is worth visiting.


Wildlife

At a distance of 55 Kms from Pollachi, 91 Kms from Palakkad and 96 Kms from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Palakkad district of Kerala. It is under consideration by the UNESCO for selection as a World Heritage Site.

Sprawling over 285 Sq. Kms, it is situated adjacent to the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Besides being an abode of elephants, wild boar, sambar, gaur, crocodiles and a few tigers and panthers, it has rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Anappadi is the entry point to Sanctuary (all bookings have to be made here). The headquarters for Sanctuary is Thunakadavu (8 Kms from Anappadi & 9 Kms from Parambikulam Dam). There is a tree-house in the Reserve Forest area in Thunakadavu & Parambikulam which has to be booked in advance. Watch towers are available at Anappadi & Zungam (5 Kms from Thunakadavu). Trekking is allowed with prior permission.

Thunakadavu is connected by Bus from .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Vadakkanthara Devi Temple is located on the way to Jainmedu.

The presiding deity here is Devi, an incarnation of Kannagi, the heroine of Tamil epic Silappadhikaram. This centuries old temple is believed to be committed by Parasurama. It has marvelous wood carvings. In the evening, sharp at six, a small firework is set off as per the tradition (which can be witnessed in most of the other Kerala temples as well).

This Temple was demolished and looted by Tippu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali during his reign at Palakkad Fort.

Timings: Not Available


Pilgrimage

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.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Manappullikavu Devi Temple is a powerful and ancient temple located in Durga Nagar, Palakkad city. The temple is very close to NH47.

Dedicated to Goddess Shakthi, this temple is 1200 year old with rich history. The temple is different from other Bhagavati temples by way of rites and rituals. Namboodiries, the Kerala Brahmins, carry out the every day rituals according to tantric traditions. Both Saiva and Vaishnava traditions of worship are observed in the rituals. Though the temple has a swayambu idol (self created), the main idol was installed at a much later date.

The temple celebrates its main festival - The Manappullikavu Vela Festival in the month of March.

Timings: 6 AM to 10.30 AM & 5 PM to 7 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, the Jain Temple at Jainamedu is believed to be around 500 years old and it's the most famous Jain temple of Kerala.

Dedicated to the Jain sage Chandranathswamy, this historic granite temple is 32 feet long and 20 feet wide with images of Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. It is here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poet Veenapoovu (The fallen flower). This temple was built by Jain head, Inchanna Satur.

An idol of Chandranthan occupies the first division of the temple, Vijayalakshmi and Jwalamohini the second, Rish abha Nathan the third, and parswa Nathan and Padmavathi the fourth.

Timings: 7 AM - 10.30 AM and 5 PM - 7 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Chittur Kavu Devi Temple situated at Chittur village is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali.

The temple has a 6 feet tall Daruvigraham facing east. The Nair priests perform the Poojas at this temple. In the normal days, the temple is open only on Tuesdays and Fridays. But it remains open for 9 days during Navarathri festival and on all 31 days in the Malayalam month of Karkitakam (Jul/Aug), and 41 days known as Mandalam (in Nov/Dec).

Konganpada is a grand festival of historical significance celebrated in this temple. This unique festival is held every year on the first Monday after the dark lunar night in Kumbham (February -March) to commemorate the victory of Nairs of Chittur over the militia of Konganadu (Coimbatore) led by the Chola King Rajadhi Raja.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 6 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Fantasy Park is an amusement & water theme park situated near Malampuzha Dam.

The merry-go-round, striking car, paratrooper, pirate boat, dragon coaster, tora tora, mini tele combat, jumping horse, scooter ride & caterpillar are some of the entertainment options at this fun world. The park is located in the enchanting backdrop of the mountain ranges of Malampuzha with the majestic mountain peaks of the Western Ghats overlooking it. There is a hygienic restaurant and ice cream parlor within the park.

Thread Garden, adjacent to the Fantasy Park is another tourist spot. This is a marvelous and astounding work of art created using embroidery colour threads and without the aid of needles or any special devices. It has an abundant collection of charming life size replicas of birds, animals and plants.

Timings: 2 PM to 9 PM on weekdays & 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Thiruvalathoor is famous for 3000 years old temple dedicated to Lord Siva.

The wooden carvings and stone sculptures of the temple are marvelously carved. It is said that the art work of the temple was completed in one day. The temple has a cone shaped roof and whitewashed walls full of oil lamps. The temple is situated on the banks of Chittur Puzha River.

This place is accessed via Kodumba and connected with regular buses from Palakkad. The main festivals celebrated in the temple are Mahashivratri and Kartikpoornima.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 7.30 PM.


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 12 km from Palakkad & 60 km from Coimbatore, Dhoni Hills is a reserve forest and a scenic place with several natural treasures. The Hills are adjacent to the Malampuzha Reservoir.

Dhoni Hills is a wonderful destination for trekking. At a distance of 3 Kms from Dhoni Hills, Azhakampara waterfall is a splendid place amidst scenic beauty. The water drops from a steep rock mountain from a height of xx feet. The falls can be reached by 4 Kms trek from bottom of the hills through steep mountain path.

Dhoni provides trekkers the opportunity to explore its hilly terrains. Its lush green surroundings are a pleasure to watch. Dhoni is also famous for its farmhouse, harboring hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety.


Waterfall

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.


Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 34 Kms from Palakkad, Kanjirapuzha Dam is a fascinating dam surrounded by hills with rich natural beauty.

The reservoir is surrounded by an evergreen forest named Vettilachola. Three islands at all sides of the reservoir gain a special attraction. These islands are abundant with marine life including commercial varieties grown by the fisheries department.

There is a wonderful garden at bottom of the dam with several facilities. Boating facilities is also available in the reservoir.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 36 Kms from Palakkad, Chulliyar Dam is a scenic place situated near Kollengode and Meenkara Dam.

Constructed in 1960, it is built across Chulliyar River, a tributary of Gayathripuzha River. The dam and surrounding places provide an excellent view of the natural beauty. The adjacent Nelliyampathy Mountains multiply the charm of this locality.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 62 Kms from Palakkad, Thrithala is historical town situated on the banks of Bharathappuzha River in Ottappalam taluk.

Thrithala is noted for its monuments and historic ruins and has great archaeological importance. The ruins of a large mud fort with a deep moat are notable cultural monuments. Thrithala is also famous for its Shiva temple built in 9th/10th century. This temple marks the transition from the Chola to the Pandya style of architecture. According to legends, a child known as Agnihotri went to the river with his mother to bathe. The child collected some sand and formed a heap on the shore. When the mother tried to remove it, she found that it had hardened in the form of a Shiva Lingam.

The Kattil Madom Temple, a domed structure made of granite slabs, on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road is a Buddhist monument believed to date back to the 9th or 10th century. This place is famous for excellent Ayurvedic treatments.


Lake & Backwaters

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.


Lake & Backwaters

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.


Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

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.


City

At a distance of 491 Kms from Chennai, 209 km from Madurai, 383 km from Bangalore, 85 km from Ooty, 189 km from Kochi and 207 km from Mysore, Coimbatore (also known as Kovai) is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu with metro population of over 2 million.Coimbatore is also the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore district and also one of the top Tamilnadu tourist places.

Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore is known as Manchester of southern India due to large number of textile industries located in the city. Coimbatore is also famous for its engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers & educational institutions.

Coimbatore was ruled by several dynasties including Gangas, Cholas, Delhi Sultanates, Vijayanagara Kings & Madurai Nayaks when it was a small town of less than 3000 residents. It was the .....

Distance (From Palakkad): 49 Kms
Trip Duration (From Palakkad - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Wildlife

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 trek to Kunthi River from watchtower (1.5 Kms).

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Hill Station

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 .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

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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Miscellaneous

At a distance of 66 Kms from Palakkad, Attappady is the largest tribal settlement of Kerala. Spread over an area of 827 sq. kms, it is situated on the northeastern side of the Palakkad district.

The place consists of mostly hilly highland terrain, fed by the tributaries of the River Cauvery. An extensive mountain valley above the crest of the Ghat ranges with numerous streams of the Bhavani River. Attapady is inhabited mainly by tribes and some settlers from Tamil Nadu. A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attapaddy is of great interest to anthropologists, as this is the habitat of many tribes like the Irolas and Mudugars. The Malleshwaram Peak is worshipped as a gigantic Shivalinga by the tribal who celebrate the festival of Shivratri in grand manner by lighting the top of this peak.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 57 Kms from Pollachi, 93 Kms from Palakkad and 98 Kms from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Dam is an embankment dam built on the Parambikulam River near Parambikulam in Palakkad district of Kerala. It is 21 Kms from Top Slip and 47 Kms from Valparai.

Parambikulam Dam is the best in India and one of the top ten embankment dams in the world. The dam is located with in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and it is surrounded by rich natural beauty. It is also an excellent place for bird watching. Boating is available in the reservoir.

It is a great picnic spot to watch the nature & enjoy the boating. Bus service is available between Pollachi and Parambikulam, twice a day at 6:15 AM and 3:15 PM (return buses at 8.45 AM & 5.45 PM).

Timings: The Dam is located in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and it's open between 7 AM to 6 PM.

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