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.