Tourist Places In Palakkad
The district of Palakkad known as the granary of kerala, is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers , forest, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, this is the gateway to Kerala from the north. Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alsteria Scholaris) and Kadu (forest) which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet scented flowers of the Pala tree.
Air: Nearest airport : Coimbatore (55 km)
Rail : Palakkad Junction Railway Station ( 5 km from the city) is a major railhead of the Southern Railways.
Road : Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India.
Interesting Places To Visit
Palakkad Fort : 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.
Malampuzha Garden 10 km from Palakkad - This famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. There are frequent buses to the garden from Palakkad. Attractions: The garden: Green Lawns. Well laid-out flower beds Pools, fountains and pathways. Rock garden (Open 1000- 180 hrs). Rose garden with over a hundred varieties of the flower. Aerial ropeway across the garden. Road train trips (0800- 2000 hrs). Telescope tower( 1000- 1700 hrs). Illumination of the dam and garden on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays (1900- 2000 hrs), and on other days on request for a fee. The reservoir : Boating and fishing facilities: Pedalboats, rowboats, water scooters and motorboats can be hired from ( 1000 - 1800 hrs). Swimming pool. Fresh water aquarium (Open 1200- 2000 hrs & 1300 - 2100 hrs on holiday). Snake park (Open 0800- 1800 hrs). Children's park. The passenger ropeway : (Open 1000 - 1300 hrs & 1430 - 2000 hrs).
Fantasy Park : 1400 - 2100 hrs on weekdays and 1100- 2100 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Pothundy: 45 km from Palakkad - The Pothundy Reservoir Complex, situated on the way to Nelliyampathy, is a charming, picnic spot.
Thiruvalathoor : 10 km from Palakkad - The ancient temple here exhibits some fine wood work and stone sculptures.
Dhoni : 15 km from Palakkad - It is a 3 hour trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills to this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall.
Kottayi :15 km via Poodur from Palakkad - This village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.
Kollengode : 19 km south of Palakkad - Kollengode ( the abode of blacksmiths) enshrines the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace, the Vishnu Temple and the Poet P.Kunhiraman Nair Memorial are worth visiting. Seethakundu and Govindamalai hills nearby are ideal for trekking.
Lakkidi : 30 km from Palakkad - Killikkurissimangalam at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the 18th Century satirist and exponent of the tullal(classical art form). The Poet's house is preserved as a monument by the state Government.
Meenkara : 32 km from Palakkad - The picnic spot is the site of a dam across the River Gayathri which flows into River Bharathapuzha.
Ottappalam : 35km from Palakkad - The town is known for its numerous places of worship and their colourful festivals.
Siruvani : 46 km north of Mannarkkad and 48 from Palakkad - The reservoir here was built for Tmil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani is also home to certain tribal like the Mudugars and Irulars.
Mangalam Dam : 50 km from Palakkad - A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukkunnath River, a tributary of the Mangalam River.
Thrithala : 75 km from Palakkad - This place is noted for its monuments and historic runs like the Siva Temple and the mud fort on the Chalissery road. The Kattimadam Temple, a grantite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi Guruvayoor road, dating back to the 9th/10th century AD, is of archaeological importance, The Pakkannar memorial, built in honour of the Pariah saint, stands on the Thrithala Kottanad road. Thithala is also the native place of renowned writer and social reformed VT Bhattathiripad.
Parambikkulam Willdlife Sanctuary : 110 km from Palakkad - sprawled across 285 Sq.km, this Sanctuary is home to rare fauna. The oldest teak tree, kannimari stands tall here. Boating / Cruising facilities are available at the Reservoir. The Rest House of the State Forest Department at Thonnakkadsavu, Thellikkal and Anapady and a tree house in the Reserve forest are the accommodation options. Permitting autority: Divisional for est officer.
Nelliyampathy : 40 km south of Nenmara - At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat Road through the evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges to reach this hill station 467m to 1572m above sea level. This hill country is the delight of trekkers.
Chittur Garumadam: Thekkegrammam near Arikkode - This memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here, is located on the banks of the river Sokanasini ( the destroyer of sorrows). A Srichakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus , wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here.
Thenari: The waters of the natural spring, in front of the old Sree Rama Temple here is believed to be as sacred as the waters of the Ganges.
Mayiladumpara: This grove takes its name from the large number of peacocks found here.
The Jain Temple of Jainimedu: The historic granite temple in the suburbs of Palakkad town displays the images of the Jain Thirthankaras and the Yakshinis. Jainimedu, the region around the temple, is one of the few places in kerala where the vestiges of Jainisim have survived. Poet Kumaranasan wrote his masterpiece Veenapoovu ( the Fallen flower) at a Jain house here.
Thiruvegappura Sankaranaryana Temple : The temple is believed to belong to the 14th century while its Kothambalam (temple theatre) was added later, probably in the 15th or 16th Century.
The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple: Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.
Attappady : 38 km northest of Mannarkkad - A beautiful synthesis of mountains , rivers and forests , and the habitat of tribes like the Irulas and Mudugars, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists. The Malleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivlinga 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, nearby.
Silent Valley National Park : 40 km northwest of Mannarkkad - the 89.52 Sq.km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley is that it is devoid of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearby 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of River Kuntipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into River Bharathapuzha (Nila). Pemitting authority: Wildlife Warden, silent Valley National park.
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