Fast Facts About Palakkad
When to visit
Palakkad is never out of season and you can enjoy visiting the place all year round.
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Palakkad derives its name from Pala (Alsteria Scholaris) tree and Kadu (forest), as believed that the area was once full of Pala trees. Palakkad is located 79 km from Thrissur, Kerala on the Coimbatore - Thrissur highway and is an important railway junction. Situated in a gap of the Majestic Western Ghats, known as 'Palakkad Gap' or popularly known as 'Palghat Gap' about 32 km in width, Palakkad is surrounded by the Nilgiri and Anamalai Hills. The climate of the district is greatly influenced by the 'Palakkad Gap', as it enables the north-east winds to pass through it. This phenomenon gives the benefit of both south-west and north-east monsoons and the area receives rainfall during both the seasons.
Famous as the 'Granary of Kerala', Palakkad is extremely rich in tourist destinations. The region is full of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects providing it a unique scenic beauty. Among Kerala's most picturesque districts, Palakkad has probably the biggest mountain pass in the world (about 32 km) separating the two folds of the Western Ghats on the border of Kerala with Tamil Nadu and so Palakkad is also known as the 'Gateway of Kerala'.
There are numerous tourist spots in and around Palakkad. Some of them worth visiting are as follows.
Situated in the heart of the town this majestic granite fort was built by famous ruler Hyder Ali of Mysore kingdom in 1766. British army captured the fort in 1790. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved forts in Kerala and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. You can spot martyr's Column and Open Air Auditorium called "Rappadi" in the open spaces right in the middle of the fort.
It is located in the lush Kundai Hills 80 km from Palakkad. The area is considered as the sole surviving region of evergreen rain forests and so, has been declared as a National Park recently. Spreading over an area of about 9,000 hectares it possesses a very rich fauna that includes elephants, tigers, lion-tailed macaque and varieties of chirping birds. There is also a huge ancient Wild tree of Kattuaiying variety, which is hollow within and 10-15 people can hide in it simultaneously.
Located about 12 km north of Palakkad, Malampuzha is also known as the 'Vrindavan of Kerala'. It is popular among tourists for its picturesque surroundings and exotic picnic spots. There is a big water reservoir ' Malampuzha Dam' that provides irrigation facilities in the area. The huge water reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing. There is also a fresh water aquarium, Snake Park and a Children's park with a toy train. The passenger Ropeway, first of its kind in South India, offers adventurous and delightful journey of 20 minutes across the garden providing you immense pleasure.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Located about 110 km from Palakkad, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Home to varied wildlife species like gaur (bison), sambar, spotted deer, langur, lion- tailed macaque, wild boar it also offers tourists a scintillating sight of rare wild animals.
Palakkad is also famous for its numerous places of worship. It has over 65 temples, 15 mosques and 8 churches. Prominent among them are
Kalpathy Siva Temple:
Situated on the banks of river Kalpathy, it is famous for the annual festival, held every year in November. Vadakkunthara Shiva and Ayyappa temples are the other important Hindu temples in Palakkad.
The only existing Jain Temple in South India is situated at Jainmedu, 3 kms from Palakkad.
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