Palakkad is one among the hottest places in Kerala but is blessed by nature with sufficient rainfall and rivers.
How to reach Palakkad:
By Air: The nearest International airport is at Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, which is about 52 Kilometers away. The Coimbatore international airport has flights connecting Colombo, Singapore and other domestic destinations.
By Train: The district has two major railway stations namely Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town. The Palakkad Junction is the major one and has train services to most parts of India.
By Road: The district has a medium level network of roads with two National Highways NH47 and NH213. Another road, Palakkad-Ponnani road, connects the National Highways NH47 and NH17.
Most Popular Tour Destinations in Palakkad:
It is a globally known National Park noted for the presence of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered species of monkeys. The valley got its name because it is almost silent due to the absence of Cicadas. It is home for thousands of species of animals, birds and plants, many of them are yet to be identified. Though it is only 237 square kilometers in size many parts of the forest are still unknown to humans. It is a well bio-diversified area loved by scientists and biologists and often come up with findings of new species of plants and animals. It is must see place while visiting Palakkad.
2. Malampuzha Dam and Garden:
It is a mini hydro-electric project built across the river ‘Malampuzha’ which also serves as an irrigation project which is a major source of water for the extensive agricultural lands in the district. The Malampuzha gardens including a snake park and rope way associated with the dam offers a beautiful experience to the visitors.
3. Palakkad Fort:
It was built by Hyder-Ali of Mysore by the middle of the 18th century and has survived the battles between the British and Zamorines. Unlike many dusty forts it offers a splendid view of nature to the visitors.
The parambikkulam wildlife sanctuary is located in Chittur Taluk of Palakkad district. It accommodates a wide variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary holds three water reserves and is accessible to visitors for trekking with prior permission.
It is a popular hill station blessed with favorable climate and scenic beauty of coffee and tea plantations. It is a suitable place for trekking and sightseeing.
It is a major festival in Palakkad held every year in March at a 1200 year old temple called Manappullikkavu Bhagavathi Temple. The festival starts with Kodiyettam (hoisting of a flag) followed by 1 week of rituals and poojas and a big showy festival in the end.