Known as the granary of Kerala, Palakkad is a vast expanse of verdant plains interspersed with hills, rivers, mountain streams and forests. The gateway to Kerala from the North, a 40- kilometre break in the mountains, known as the Palakkad Gap, gives access to this land , situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The pass acts as a corridor between Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu and has played a major role in the trade contacts between the East and West coasts of Peninsular India. Deriving its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), this place was once a beautiful stretch of forest, perfumed by the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. A potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture, some of the finest Carnatic musicians hail from this region, which continues to be largely agrarian.
Palakkad district has its own special characteristics. The fort of Hyder Ali tells us the story of Mysore invasions and the advent of the British to this part of the country. Victoria College, started in 1886, marked the beginning of higher education in Malabar. The Jain temple, near Chunnamputhara, speaks of the magnanimity of the King of Palakkad, who provided shelter to the Jains who escaped religious persecution of Tippu Sultan in the 18th century.
By air: Coimbatore in neighbouring State of Tamilnadu about 55 km from Palakkad
Kozhikode airport about---- km from Palakkad
Kochi international airport ------ from Palakkad
By train: Palakkad Jn railwaystation ---- km from town
: Palakkadu town station
Palakkad Fort, also known as Tipu’s Fort, is situated on a small hillock in a sprawling area of 15 acres in Palakkad town. The grounds are known as Kotta Maidan (fort grounds).
Malampuzha is located 10 km. from Palakkad town, The main attractions here are the dam, amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and a ropeway.
Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats
Located at Malampuzha, 10 km from Palakkad town, Fantasy Park is a theme park where the entire family can find some form of amusement. There is a hygienic restaurant and ice cream parlour within the park.
Located 40 km. from Mannarkkad in Palakkad district, the Silent Valley is an extremely fragile, and unique preserve of tropical evergreen rain forests which is a veritable nursery of flora and fauna, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The Silent Valley National Park. with an area… read more
Malampuzha is located 10 km. from Palakkad town, The main attractions here are the dam, amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and a ropeway. Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats, takes its name from the river Malampuzha. Nurtured by this tributary of Kerala's longest river,… read more
Attapady is situated on the north-eastern side of Palakkad district, 38 km. away from Mannarkkad. It spreads over an area of 745 sq. km. Attappady is one of the largest tribal settlements in the state. The grandiloquence of this great symphony of forests, rivers and mountains is awe- inspiring. Many tribals… read more
From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills range from 467 m to 1572 m. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the… read more
Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam Siruvani Waterfalls and dam offer a kind of sight that will remain ever in the minds of all those who visit the site. You can reach the site by travelling around one hour from Palakkad town which is just 46 km away. A drive through the… read more
Moving on in the direction towards Coimbatore from Palakkad via Mannarkkad and Mukkali, you will reach Silent Valley National Park, one of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. The cool climate with temperature varying from 8º C (minimum) to 29ºC (maximum) attracts everyone to this beautiful spot. The average… read more
Located 110 km. from Palakkad and 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… read more
Palakkad Fort, also known as Tipu’s Fort, is situated on a small hillock in a sprawling area of 15 acres in Palakkad town. The grounds are known as Kotta Maidan (fort grounds). The square-shaped fort, which has a chequered history, has majestic granite walls, a moat, a drawbridge at the… read more