The seventh most populous district of Kerala, Palakkad is previously known as Palghat is a large town and municipality of the state. It connects Kerala to the east of Tamil Nadu. Lying in the at the foot of the Western Ghats, is a serene land of beautiful historic monuments with its ever green tropical forests, dams, wild life sanctuaries, rivers, rare species of birds and animals, places of worship and traditional Ayurvedic treatment centre it has tremendous scope and immense potential to be one of the best tourist destinations in the country. The district is a perfect symphony of culture and tradition. It’s situated 350 kms north to the state capital of Thiruvanathapuram. Palakkad became the first district in India to be declared as a fully electrified District. The main tourist destinations of the place is Palakkad Fort which was built by the Famous King of Mysore Hyder Ali, Jainimedu Jain Temple which is situated on the western border of Palakkad town and not far from the railway station is an historic Jain Temple, Kalpatti the well known 21 agraharams situated on the banks of Kalpatti River, the largest reservoir dam of Kerala the Malampuzha Dam and gardens, the Chembai village birth place of the doyen of carnatic music the late Sri Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagawathar,Nemmara, Dhoni waterfalls and so on . The district is also gifted with the beauty of virgin and verdant Nelliampathy hills,the precious and unique Silent Valley National Park, the famous Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Attappady hills and more than half a dozen dams like Mangalam, Pothundi, Kanjirapuzha, Siruvani and Parambikulam. The festival of Kalpatti, the Ratholsavam is a famous temple car festival celebrated in the second week of November. The cultivation of the rice which is prominent is the reason why Palakkad is also known as the rice bowl of Kerala.

TOURIST SPOTS IN PALAKKAD

Malampuzha Dam:- The mini hydro electric power plant over the Malampuzha River, it is also the biggest irrigation project in Kerala with a large number of canal system.

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Malampuzha Dam

The mini hydro electric power plant over the Malampuzha River, it is also the biggest irrigation project in Kerala with a large number of canal system. The Malampuzha Dam has helped palakkad to be aptly known as the Rice bowl of Kerala. The Malampuzha dam has a lush green township which is a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam. The gardens over the place have helped Malampuzha to be one among the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala. The main attractions of the Malampuzha are the rope way which gives the aerial view, Snake Park, aquarium, and rock garden with the interesting feature that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials. The garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. The amusement Theme park, the famous sculpture of Gaint Yakshi (the enchantress) which was created by the famous artist Kanai Kunjiraman is the other attractions of Malampuzha.

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Silent Valley:- The silent valley, spread over the area of 237.52 square kilometre is a well preserved natural wild life sanctuary and rainforests. It is having some of the distinctive extinct species of the world.

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Silent Valley

The silent valley, spread over the area of 237.52 square kilometre is a well preserved natural wild life sanctuary and rainforests. It is having some of the distinctive extinct species of the world. It rises to the Nilgiri Plateau in the North extents to the plains of Mannarkkad in the South. It has a collection of Western Ghats biodiversity with more than 1000 species of flowering plants which include about 110 species of orchids, more than 34 species of mammals, about 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 128 species of beetles of which 10 are new to science, about 150 species of birds including almost all the 16 endemic birds of southern India. The River Kunthi descends from the Nilgiri hills, from an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, and traverses the entire length of the valley and rushes down to the plains through the deep forest. The River Kunthi never turns brown and is always crystal clear, perennial and wild.

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Nelliampathy:- The Nelliampathy is a popular hill station in the district of Palakkad. The serenity of the hill station is increased with the velvety covers of tea and coffee plantations surrounded by it.

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Nelliampathy

The Nelliampathy is a popular hill station in the district of Palakkad. The serenity of the hill station is increased with the velvety covers of tea and coffee plantations surrounded by it. At nine kms from this place is the Pothundi Dam which is a small irrigation dam providing water for the paddy fields in the nearby regions. There are about ten hairpin bends on the way to Nelliampathy. The hill station is also known for its orange cultivation. The bio-farms located here are a major landmark as one proceeds up before reaching the topmost point at Palagapandi estate. The estate has a beautiful bungalow, built during the period of the British rule in Indi which is now been converted into a private owned resort. The breath taking view of the hill station with the plantation of cardamom, coffee plantation along with the added beauty of some of the exclusive flora and fauna just makes Nelliampathy an enchanting paradise.

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Palakkad Fort:- Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad district. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.

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Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad district. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Hyder Ali who was the emperor of mysore province built it as a medium of communication between the both sides of western ghats. Legends believe that the Palakkad achan who was a tributary of Zamorin became independent at the beginning of eighteenth centuary. So its said that to avoid the invasion of the zamorins Palakkad achan seeked the help of the Hyder Ali the ruling king of mysore. But Hyder Ali captured it and later it was again occupied by the British and renovated. Later was used as a base for operations that ended with the storming of Srirangapatnam. There water all around the huge fort which is supposed to keep the enemies at the bay. The fort is a fine example of architecture marvel for the defense fortification.

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS

ARTS & ATTRACTIONS :- The numerous art forms of Kerala have always made its impact on the rich culture of Kerala.

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FOOD ITEMS IN KERALA

FOOD ITEMS :- The cuisines of Kerala are inspired by its cultural heritage and the generous availability of seafood, poultry and coconut.

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