Palakkad ( Palghat ) is known as the granary of Kerala. It is a land of valleys, Hillocks, Rivers, Forests, Mountains Streams, Dams and Irrigation Projects. Situated on the foot of the Western Ghats. It is the Gateway to Kerala from the North. Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words 'Pala'= Alsteria Scholaris and 'Kadu'=Forest which proves that it was once a beautiful stretch of forest covered with the sweet scented flowers of Pala Tree.
The district of Palakkad known as the granary of Kerala, is a land of valley, hillockos, 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.
In olden days, Palakkad was known as Paalakkattusery. Etymologists trace the word Palakkadu from Paalainilam, meaning dry area. Palakkad has a long history dating back to Paleololithic period. A large number of megalithic relics have been discovered from here.
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Places of Interest
Kunthipuzha flows through the valley before merging with Bharatapuzha . There is a huge Wild tree of Kattuaiying variety. It is hollow within and can hide atleast 12 people in it.
Malampuzha is also known as the Vrindavan of Kerala. It exudes the charm of the harmony of nature, a perfect synchronisation of the grandeur of the mountains blending with the serenity of rivers. It is 10 kms from Palakkad.
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 which await the pleasure and delight of children.
The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing. The Garden house has a unit of Water sports also. A small garden in the Japenese style gives a touch of exotic charm to the landscape. So, does the hanging bridge across the canal.
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.
A Dhoni waterfall is a 3 hours trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills. A thick reserve forest surrounds it. Dhoni is about 15 kms from Palakkad.
A Meenvallam waterfall is around 8kms from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad- Manarkkad route. It is a combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendor. The water falls from nearly 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15-20 feet. There are 10 steps of waterfalls of which eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest. They are inaccessible, only the remaining two steps are accessible. One has to hire a jeep from Koomankund junction and then trek a distance of 1.5 km by crossing the river Thuppanad.
Nelliyampathy Hills are extremely fascinating and offer an easy escape from the scorching summer of Palakkad. About 75 kms from Palakkad the height of this cool resort ranges from 467 meters to 1572 meters. Nelliyampathy has immense trekking potential. Seetharkundu at Nelliyampathy offers a fantastic view of the valley below, a wide angled panaromic picture of about one third of Palakkad, beautiful and resembling the Green valley of Kodaikanal.
Jain Temple of Jainmedu
The only existing Jain Temple in South India is situated at Jainmedu, 3 kms from Palakkad. Here you can find images of Jain THIRTHANKARAS and YAKSHINIS. Rituals are being held even now in this historic temple.
The National Bird of INDIA, peacock, has got a sanctuary of its own in this part of the country. Mayiladumpara, 30 kms from Palakkad, is well known for its grove abounding in Peacocks.
J.P. Smriti Vanam located at Walayar, on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, extends to about 100 acres. You can conduct a safari ride here and see deers, elephants and other animals moving freely. The park is located at a distance of 22 kms from Palakkad.
Siruvani is 48 kms from Palakkad. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam bear the stamp of Kerala and Tamil Nadu Architectural Styles. Its thick reserved forest has all kinds of wild animals.
There are 10 steps of Water Falls at Meenvallam, the originating point of Thuppanadu river. The height of the fall varies from 5 to 45 meters. Meenvallam is located at a distance of 37 kms from Palakkad.
The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple
Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.
It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, located in front of the old Sree Rama Temple here, is as sacred as the waters of the Ganges.
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.
How to reach Palakkad?
|Air||:||Bearest Airport: Coimbatore (55km)|
Palakkad Junction Railway Station ( 5 km from the city) is a major railhead of the Southern Railways.
Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India.
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