Palakkad District

Palakkad district has mountains, forests, fertile valleys, rivers and streams and are rich in flora and fauna. Many dams and irrigation projects glorify the district. The beautiful environs of the town harbours some of Kerala's most appealing heritage homestays and ayurvedic resorts. Further north, the Silent Valley National Park and the hill station of Nelliampathy are off track destinations and you may have to pick up transport to reach here.

To the East, Palakkad district borders the state of Tamil Nadu, South Thrissur district, Malappuram district on the west, Malappuram and Wayanad districts to the north.

Palakkad town is the headquarters of Palakkad district. Tipu’s fort is Palakkad’s motif (daily 8am -6pm). The fort on a small hill at the south end of the town is not grand but not unimpressive either. Built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766, it has an open auditorium and a small museum. A children’s park here is a great lure for children (daily 11am -8pm).

In the case of gold jewellery shops Palakkad ranks second to Thrissur district. Palakkad’s Valiya Angadi (big bazaar) is centre for bell-metal wares which include thooku vilakku (hanging lamp), mayil vilakku (peacock lamp) and nilavilakku (multi-tiered lamp). The antique ware-house located opposite to Nurani Saneeswaran temple, though nameless, is a treasure trove of bric-a-brac, objects d’art and furniture from Manas (Brahmin houses), Illams (Namboodiri houses) and Chetinad Palaces. Kerala souvenirs are easily available in Palakkad town at comparatively cheap rates.

Brahmins in Palakkad town are of Tamil Nadu origin.

Kathakali performances take place in the months of April and May. The Government Carnatic Music College has an excellent reputation and a small open air amphi-theatre next to the fort, catering to first class music and dance performances.

  • Palakkad - At A Glance
  • Visitors Attractions in Palakkad

Tourist Office: DTPC, West Fort Road, Palakkad. (Mon-Sat 9.30 am to 5pm; 0491/253 8996)

Getting to Palakkad

Air: Coimbatore Airport at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Distance 60 km

Rail: Palakkad. Access from all important centres in India. Road: KSRTC , Palakkad. Access from all important centres of Kerala and Coimbatore.

Palakkad Visitor Guide

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Short visitor guide to Palakkad region in Kerala. Palakkad is probably the most traditional of all Kerala regions.

Guide to Small Villages of Palakkad

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A listing of some of the more interesting but smaller villages and communities in Palakkad

Palakkad Festival Guide

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Discover the dates and details of the different festivals in Palakkad region of Kerala.

Temples In Palakkad

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Guide to the Hindu temples in Palakkad District

Chandranager

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Kalapathy Chariot Festival

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Information about the Kalpathy Ratholsavam or Chariot Festival

Kodumbu

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Introduction to Kodumbu, its weavers and important temple festival

Koottanad Visitor Guide

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Koottanad is a small town on the way to Guruvayoor from Palakkad in Kerala. The place is famous for its astrologers and ayurvedic treatments.

Malampuzha Dam and Garden

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Nellikulangara Vallanghi Vela

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Guide to Nenmara-Vellangi Vela temple festival

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

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Parambikulam is situated south east of Palakkad town.

Silent Valley National Park

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Silent Valley National Park located 40 kms from Mannarkkad in the Palakkad district, echoes with the sounds of teeming wildlife.

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