Palakkad, Kerala, India


  Palakkad, Kerala, India

    For years, Palakkad has been the gateway to Kerala. It has provided access to the coast for conquerors and traders from the hinterland through what is known as the 'Palakkad Gap', a 40-km break in an otherwise unbroken wall of high mountains. Understandably, the region is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, arts and music, and is known for its truly eclectic spirit.

    A largely agrarian society in which people continue to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers, Palakkad's reputation as the granary of Iho state is borne out by its undulating paddy fields which stretch for miles. Silent Valley, Kerala's most famous forest, is located in Palakkad and remains largely untouched, making an eloquent cast; for the preservation of nature in its purest form.

Essential Information




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When To Go

: 4,480 Sq.Km.

: 26,17,072

: Ottapalam, Mannarakad, Palakkad, Chittor, Alathoor.

:  Vadakarappathi, Ozhalappathi, Eruthampathi, Kozhippathi, Valiyavallampathi, Kozhinjambara, Nallappalli, Thathamangalam, Moolathara, Chittoor, Perumatti, Thekkedesam, Pattanjeri, Vandithavalam, Koduvayoor, Muthalamada, Pallassana, Kollangadu, Vadavannoor, Elavanjeri, Puthunagaram, Nenmara, Vallangi, Kayaradi, Nelliyambathi, AThiruvazhiyodu, Ayiloor, Alathoor, Erumayoor, Melaarkodu, Vandazhi, Kizhakkanjeri, Vadanjeri, Kannambra, Puthukkodu, Kavasseri, Tharoor, Mangalam dam, Thenkurussi, Kuzhalmandam, Mathoor, Kuthanoor, Peringottukurissi, Kottayi, Palakkadu, Akathethara, Malambuzha, Marutharoad, Pirayiri, Kannadi, Yakkara, Parali, Mangara, Mannoor, Keralasseri, Kongodu, Mundoor, Puthuppariyaram, Elappulli, puthusseri east, Puthusseri central, Puthusseri west, KOdumbu, Peruvemba, Polppulli, Ottappalam, Shornor, Vaniyamkulam, Anangadi, Chalavara, Lakkidi peroor, Ambalappara, Sreekrishnapuram, Karimbuzha, Kadambazhippuram, Vellinezhi, Cherppalasseri, Thrukkadiri, Pattambi, Ongaloor, Muthuthala, Thiruvegapura, Koppam, Kulukkalloor, Nellaya, Vallappuzha, Vilayoor, Paruthoor, Thrurhala, Pattithara, Kappoor, Anakkara, Chalisseri, Nagalasseri, Thirumittakkodu, T. B. Pattambi, T. B. Thruthala, Alanlloor, Thachanattukara, Kottoppadam, Kumaramputhoor, Mannarkadu, Pettasseri, Karimba, Karakkurussi, Payyanedam, palakkayam, Thachambara, Agali, Puthoor, Sholayoor, Kottathara, Padavayal, Kallamala,

:  Thruthala, Pattambi, Ottapalam, Sreekrishnapuram, Mannarkkadu, Attappadi, Palakkadu, Kuzhalmandam, Chittoor, Kollangodu, Nenmara, Aalathoor, Malambuzha,

: +91 491

: 678 XXX

: KL-09, KL–49, KL-50, KL-51, KL-52

: August to February

Sights and Attractions
Jain Temple
    This shrine is 1,500 years old and was built by two diamond traders from Karnataka. The first Jains - the Shettys, gave the temple its name, 'Jainamedu', a term still in use. The presiding deity is Chandraprabha, the eighth Thirthankara. A notable feature is the statue of tho kshetrapalan, the guardian. Today, the temple is in a state of disrepair. Note: Open for viewing at 5 pm when the daily poo/a takes place.
     Lakkidi is deeply associated with the annals of Malayalam literature, for it was at Killikkurissimangalam near Lakkidi that Kerala’s greatest humourist - poet Kunchan Nambiar was born. As a social critic and satirist of 18th century, he enriched Malayalam literature wiht sharpness and strength through a simple form of poetry called Thullal poems brimming with biting wit and humour. He is the inventor of Thullal, the art form the text if which is the Thullal poems originated by Kunchan Nambiar himself. As a memoir of the literarylegend the Kunchan Smarakam, a non - conventional monument is located here.
Mayiladumpara Sanctuary
     About 25 km south of Palakkad, at Nedungathpara, a right turn leads into a wooded terrain, which is peacock country. This extensive forest has been home to the birds for a very long time. Tentative estimates put the number of peacocks at around 200.
      Our next destination was Palakkad sdistrict. Teh first place we visited was the cool hills of Nelliyampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats that offers a breathtaking view of the mist mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantatiosn. It offers a fantastic view of the valley below, a wide - angled vision of one - third of the entire Palakkad area. The Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one an other by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations. It has immense potential for trekking and other sports activities like hand gliding and ropeway. Teh bird’s eye of Alamkode village we had from Seethargundu the msot important view point at Nelliyampathy was breathtaking. The other view points at Nelliyampathy are Mampara and Kesavan Para The chilly and breezy night at Nelliyampathy has induced an ecstatic mood in us. Parambikkulam, the greenery at a distance
Silent Valley
     It is said that, silent valley an emerald blanket which nature has spread over wildlife diversity, when discovered in 1847 was phenomenal because of the perceived absence of the music of the beetles and hence the name. However now there is the incessant music of beetles.
Tipu's Fort
      Located in the heart of present-day Palakkad, this rather well preserved fort was built by Hyder Ali in 1766 ostensibly to facilitate -communication between both sides of the Western Ghats. In reality however, Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu, wished to establish their suzerainty over Kerala. The fort changed bands when the British captured it, after an 11-day siege, in 1784. Although it was later taken by the troops of the Ko/hikode Zamorin, it was recaptured by the British in 1790. Tipu Sultan, on the other hand, was not one to give up easily, but his repeated encounters with the British cost him his life. The fort then came to be known by his name.
     Trithala, located about 8 km west of Pattambi on the Pattambi-Kuttipuram road, was chiefly a trading centre. It was also the karma bhumi of the children of Vararuchi, the famous sage. It is in this historical temple town that the sage Agnihotri conducted the 99 yagnas that made even Lord Indra envious. The Agnihotri Ham (ancestral house) attracts a lot of visitors.
Varahamoorthi Kshetram
   There is an interesting legend that explains why this ancient temple has been left incomplete. The expert carpenter, Perumthachan, one of the sons of the legendary Vararuchi, is credited with beginning its construction after being asked to build a temple to rival those in heaven. This, so the story goes, made Lord Indra jealous and he set about disrupting the work. Every day, after Perumthachan completed his day's labour, Lord Indra would come down and change some minute measurements, which in turn, would affect work the next day. This went on for months until an exasperated Perumthachan finally gave up, ending his career as a carpenter.
Places to Visit


Aakulam Tourist Complex, Agasthayarkoodam, Anjengo Fort, Ammachiplavu, Ananthapuri, Beemapalli, Kanyakumari, Kerala State Science and Technology Museum, Kovalam Beach, Maruthwamala, Napier Museum, Neyyar, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Puthen Malika, Shankhumugham Beach, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Sree Chithra Enclave, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Sucheendram temple, The Zoo and Museum Complex, Thriparappu waterfalls, Varkala, Vattakkotta, Veli, Vivekanandappara, Vyloppilly Sanskrithi Bhavan,


Adventure Park, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Houseboats, Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, Munroe island, Thangasseri, Thenmala, Thevally Palace.


Aranmula boat race, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kakki Reservoir, Kaviyoor, Konni, Mannadi, Maramon, Perumthenaruvi Falls, Sabarimala, Thiruvalla, Vastu Vidya Gurukulam, Vijnana Kala vedi Cultural Centre,


Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Bhagavathi Temple, Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple, Chavara Bhavan, Karumadi Kuttan, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Kuttanad, Mannarassala Snake Temple, Pathiramanal Island, R Block,, St George Orthodox Syrian Church, St Mary's Church, Champakulam, Subrahmanya Temple.


Blossom international Park, Cheriyapalli, CSl Church (St George's Church), Devikulam Lake, Eagle Rock or Parunthumpara, Idukki Arch Dam, Kalvary Mount, Kolukkumalai, Kundala, Kurisumala Ashram, Kurisumala, Malanadu Development Society (MDS), Mampara Grasslands, Mangaladevi Temple, Marayoor, Mattupetty, Mount Carmel Church, Munnar, Murugan Para, Nelliyampathy, Orange and Vegetable Farm,Panchalimedu, Peermede, Pine Forests, Pothundy, Rajamalai, Seetharkundu,Summer Palace, Tea Museum, Thekkady, Thommankuthu, Thrisangu Hills, Top Station, Vagamon, Viewpoints, Waterfalls of Munnar,


Ayyampara hills, Cheriyapalli, Erumely, Ganapathiyar Kovil, Good Shepherd Church, Ilaveezhapoonchira, Kanjirapally, Kayyoor Temple, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Malanadu Development Society (MDS), Pala, Poonjar Palace, Shrine of our Lady of immaculate Conception, St Dominic's Cathedral, St George Church, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Church Bharananganam, St Mary's Forane Church, St Thomas Benedictine Abbey, Thirunakkara Temple, Vagamon, Valiyapalli, Kumarakom, Driftwood Museum, Bird Sanctuary, Midlands.


Antique Shops in Jew Street, Bhoothathankettu, Bishop's House/indo-Portuguese Museum, Broadway, Cherai Beach, Chottanikkara Temple, Clock tower, Dutch Cemetery, Fort Kochi Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, Kochi, Kumbalangi, M.G.Road, Marine Drive, Maritime Museum, Museum of Kerala History, Pardesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Shiva Temple, SNC Maritime Museum, Spice Market, St Francis Church, Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Willingdon Island, Chendamangalam.


Athirappally and Vazhachal water falls, Ayyappa and Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy, Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores, Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid, Cheruthuruthy, The land of Arts, Guruvayur, Irinjalakkuda, The land of Bharatha, Juma Masjid,Kodungallur, Koodalmanik, Yam Temple, Irinjalakuda, Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple, Lourdes Cathedral,Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine, Martha Mariyam Chaldean Church, Palayur Church,Punnathoor Kotta, Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Shiva Temple,Sree Rama Temple, Thriprayar,The Cheraman Perumal who embraced Islam, The State Museum and Zoo,The Swaraj Roudn the heart of Thrissur,Vadakkumnathan Temple,


Jain Temple, Lakkidi, Mayiladumpara Sanctuary, Nelliyampathy, Silent Valley, Tipu's Fort, Trithala, Varahamoorthi Kshetram.


Kadalundi Nagaram, Kondotty, Kottakkal(Centre of Ayurveda), Kottapadi, Malappuram, Manjeri, Nilambur(Forest area), Perinthalmanna, Perumpadappu, Ponnani, Tanur, Teak Museum,Tirur,Tirurangadi,


Beypore and its ‘Urus’, Beach Road, CSI Church, Kallai, Lokanarkavu of Vadakkanpattu, Mananchira Square, Mishkal Mosque, Mother of God Cathedral, Muchundipalli, Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, Planetarium and Science Centre, Tali Temple,Valayanadu Devi Kshetram,


Mananthavady, Brahamagiri, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves,Jain Temple, Karalad Lake, Kerala Kalamandalam, Kuruva Dweep, Lakkidi's Chain Tree, Mahe, Meenmutty Falls,Muthanga,The jungle of secrets, Pakshipathalam,Pazhassi Museum,Pookot Lake,River Nila,Soochipara and Kanthampara Falls, The tree of Karimthandan,Thirunelly Temple,Thrissiteri Temple,Wayanad Heritage Museum,


Alluring Beaches, Cheruvathur Kota Palli, Delightful Backwaters, Ezhimalai, Fort St Angelo,Kanhirode weaving Co-operative, Kerala Folklore Academy, Kottiyoor Shiva Temple, Mahalingeshwara Temple, Nileswaram, Parassini Kadavu Temple, Payyambalam Beach,Rajarajeshwara Temple,Thalassery,The tree of Karimthandan,Ummichipoyil and Varikulam,Valiyaparamba Backwaters,


Anandashram, Ananthapura Temple, Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Kanhangad Hosdurg Fort,Kanwatheertha Beach, Kappil Beach, Kodagu, Kottanchery, Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, Possadi Gumpe, Ranipuram.