Palakkad

The district of Palakkad, also known as the rice granary of Kerala, is a land of hillocks, valleys, rivers, forests, mountains and meandering streams. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, this is the gateway to Kerala from the north. It was through this passage that, time and again, conquests and trade took place. Derived from the Malayalam words Pala (tree) and Kadu (forest), this land abounding in forests full of the Pala trees and lush green paddy fields is also a melting pot of various cultures. The Palghat Brahmins, or Palghat Iyers as they are called, speak both Malayalam and Tamil (language of the neighbouring state, Tamilnadu).

Attractions in Palakkad, around and from Palakkad

  • Jain Temple Built by Jain diamond traders, this historical temple is said to be more than 1,500 years old and has withstood the test of time

  • Kalpathy Kalpathy is a 12th century Brahmin settlement established by migrant Brahmins from Tanjore in Tamilnadu. The village still practices age-old traditions and customs.

  • Malampuzh An awe-inspiring structure, the Malampuzha dam is a 6,066 feet masonry engineered construction built across Malampuzha, a tributary of the Bharathapuzha river.

  • Neliyampathy Hills About 40 kms from Palakkad, this captivating hill station with its hair-pin bends is a favourite with trekkers

  • Palakkad Fort Built by the ruler Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766, this granite fort situated in the heart of Palakkad is known to be one of Kerala’s best preserved forts.

  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Situated in a valley stretching over 250 sq kms, this sanctuary boasts of being the first ever scientifically managed teak plantation and has the world’s tallest teak tree. It is a haven for many an

  • Silent Valley National Park One of the last remaining patches of evergreen forest, the Silent Valley has been evolving for millions of years having remained undisturbed because of its difficult terrain