Palakkad (Palghat) District of Kerala, South India

Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala from the north. Palakkad district has its own special characteristics. Palakkad is known as the Granary of Kerala. The district has vast stretches of lush green paddy fields, with tributaries of Bharathapuzha river criss-crossing it. Palakkad was known as Palghat during British rule. The name was later changed from Palghat to Palakkad by the government of Kerala.

Palakkad, Kerala - Palghat Basic Information
Head Quarters Palakkad
Area 4480 sq km
Major Religions Hindu, Muslim, Christian
Population Density 584 persons/sq km
Literacy 84.35%
Came into existence January 1, 1957
Tourism in Palakkad, major attractions Malampuzha, Silent Valley, Nelliyambathi
Altitude 94m above sea level
Palakkad telephone code +91-491

Tourist Destinations in Palakkad, Kerala

Palakkad Fort: Built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766, the old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. The location to the west fort known by the name is Kottamaithanam, is where Tippu's cavalry once camped.

Malambuzha: The Malampuzha Dam and surrounding gardens have always remained the main attractions of Kerala. This famous picnic spot is situated on the lower hills of the western ghats. Within the Malampuzha garden compound, there are many more wonders which includes fish shaped aquarium, Snake Park, rock garden.

Silent Valley National Park: This ever green forest is home for several specious of trees and plants. It includes many varieties of reptiles. Over 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moths were identified here.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: This Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating facilitie is available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. A tree house in the reserve forest area in Thoonakkadavu is another attraction.

Attappady: Attappady is home to many tribes like the Irulars and Mudugas, who are considered to be the descendants of the Negrito race. Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists.

Sholayar: Highest place in Attappady. Cool climate and the enthralling natural beauty rejuvenates the body and soul. Tea and coffee plantations are another attraction.

Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Kanniyarkali, Kaalapoottu, Pavakkooth, Pattambi Nercha etc... heralds the cultural heritage of Palakkad.

Other palces of tourist interest in Palakkad are Siruvani, Meenkara, Thrithala, Ottappalam, Lakkidi, Poothundy etc

Transportation
Air Coimbatore, about 55 km from Palakkad town, is the nearest airport.
Rail Shornur and Palakkad are major railway station connecting to all major cities.
Road Palakkad is well connected through roads with all major cities in India.