PalakkadPalakkad is a city in Central Kerala in India.
Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy fields. It is the chief granary of Kerala, often called the Gateway of Kerala. Palakkad lies at the foot of the gigantic Western ghats on the border of Kerala. This city surrounded by mountains, forests and fertile valleys, rivers and mountains streams are rich in flora and fauna.
Palakkad is known for its historical background and the remnants of Tippu Sulthan's Fort are still maintained.
Malayalam is widely spoken language as the rest of Kerala. However Palakkad is close to the Tamil Nadu border and people understand and speak Tamil well. You won't be very far from a person who speaks perfect English or Hindi just in case you need one.
By planeThe nearest airport is the domestic airport at Coimbatore 50 km away. The nearest international airport is in Kochi. There are three airports in 2-3 hr travel distance (Kochi, Coimbatore and Calicut).
By trainPalakkad is well connected and one of the railway divisional headquarters. Serviced by rail from all major cities in India like Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata.
By busYou can also reach here by bus from big cities like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore,Salem. However there is no direct bus from Hyderabad.
By carPalakkad is well connected to other cities Chennai, Kozhikode, Ooty, Palani, Kodaikanal, Kochi, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Salem and Madurai by road. National Highways NH 47 and NH 217 pass through Palakkad.
- Bus - Palakkad is well networked by public bus transport. The state runs KSRTC and many private operators operate bus services.
- Autorickshaw - This is cheap way of transportation between attractions. Rickshaw drivers are generally very polite unlike big cities of India. However, if you are a foreigner trying to get around by yourself, agree on fare before boarding.
- Taxi - Local taxis are also available at cheap rates. You will have to bargain.
- Walk - Many attractions in Palakkad like the Tippu's Fort, the Open air Auditorium called "Rapadi", the Stadiums etc are walkable.
AttappadyTribal villages. 38 km Home of Irulas and Mudugars
Brahmakumaris Yoga Centerphone: +91 4912578525address: Kalpathy.
Cholanoor Peacock Sanctury
Dhoni Reserve Forest15 km
Government Victoria CollegeColonial structure.
Guru Mandiraddress: West Yakkara
Kanhirapuzha Damaddress: muhammed karakkadan
Malampuzha Gardensaddress: Malampuzha.15kmSpectacular Garden, Suspension Bridge, Boating facility, Japanese Garden, Fantasy Water Theme Park, Toy Train, Acquarium and Cable Car. Entrance 9.00 am to 7.30 pm Video Cameras are charged ₹1,000
Meenvallam Water Fallsaddress: Kalladikode
Museum of Musical Instrumentsaddress: olavakkod Road, Palakkad
Nelliyampathi'Ooty of Kerala' hill station.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary135 km
Pothundi Damwith a garden and good views.
Seetharkundu water falls
Silent Valley National Park80 km. 'Evergreen forest' with many rare species. Advance reservation by telephone is needed. Please contact: Phone: +91-4924-222056, +91 4924 253225, +91 8589 895652
Sholayar ForestCoffee and Tea estates.
Walayar Dam25 km.
Walayar Deer ParkYou can see deer and other small animals roaming about in their natural habitat. The park is in a poor condition due to lack of investment. The park spreads over 110 acres of forest area, mainly teak plantation. There are plans to convert it into a safari park, providing more amenities for the deer and other animals and also to the visitors.
Other places around Palakkad
Ayalur Templeaddress: AyalurCar festival during winter
Hemambika/Emoor Bhagavathi temple and Siva TempleBus available every 5 min from Palakkad Town Bus Stand. Board Rly Colony bus and alight at Kallekulangara bus stop.
Kakkayur Kottamala Ayyappa Templeaddress: KakkayurThe giant walls of this temple is at least 1 1/2 times taller than an elephant, built of stones unbelievable in size. There are no stone quarry nearby from where this has could have been taken. These stones are laid one on top of another without any sealing in between. They have been standing like that for centuries just on gravity. Also on the walls are writings in some very old language.
Kakkayur Siva Templeaddress: Kakkayur
Meenkulathhi Amman Templeaddress: Pallasena
Nellikulangara Templeaddress: Nemmara
Pothundy DamIt is a reservoir built across Ayalur river as an irrigation project in 1968. It provides water to Nenmara and Ayalur villages. It is in a valley just below the Nelliyampathy Hills.
Tripallavoor siva templeaddress: Pallavur
Alampallam RadhotsavamThe biggest Chariot in Kerala.
Chinakathur PooramA spectacular festival.
Chittur KonganpadaThe celebrations commemorate the victory of the Chittur Nairs over the militia of nearby Konganadu during 918 AD. It is said that there was constant fight in the Palakkad region between the Kerala kingdoms on the western side and the princely state of Konganad on the eastern side of the Western Ghat mountains. On the third day of the Konganpada festival 101 rounds of the kathina vedi (ironpipe crackers) commemorates the historic victory. Later, there is a kolam procession of little boys dressed as girls carried on the shoulders of men. At night men engage in mock fights wearing buffalo head masks to symbolise the dead buffaloes of the Konganpada (Kongan militia).
Kalpathy RathotsavamColourful Temple car festival where all the streets of the village will be lightened and the procession of Ratha's will take place.
Kunissery KummattiA traditional Indian festival.
Nemmara VelaA traditional Indian festival.
Walk in the paddy fieldsaddress: Azhchapparamba Junction, Thrissur Road
10/10 Restaurantaddress: West Yakkara
20/20 Fast Foodaddress: Yakkara Junction
Aryas Vegetarian Restaurantaddress: Near Town Railway Station
Fort Palace HotelVeg and non-veg.
Hotel Ashok BhavanVegetarian.
Hotel Indraprasthaaddress: English Church RoadVeg and non-veg.
Hotel NoorJehanAuthentic Kerala style Muslim dishes.
Hotel Royal TreatVeg and non-veg.
phone: +91 491-2570901
phone: +91 491 2524910address: Opp. KSRTC
Indian Coffee House, Opp. Post Officeaddress: Olavakkod Junction
K R BakesVeg and Non Veg
Kudumbashree Caffeaddress: Abudhabi Complex, Near Stadium
Magic Oven Cafeaddress: Near Stadium
Manis Cafeaddress: Near Railway Police Station, OlavakkodSpecialists in Elayada or Leaf-covered-rice-cake
Noor Jahan Open Grilladdress: Near Stadium
Railway Retiring Roomaddress: at Palakkad Junction Railway Station (Olavakkod)
A.V.Tourist Homephone: +91 4912504193address: G.B.Road, Palakkad
Hotel Chanakyaaddress: Chandra Nagar, Palakkad
Hotel Kairaliaddress: Near Stadium Bus stand, Palakkad
Hotel Malabaraddress: Near stadium Bus standDelicious & Ethnic Veg & Non Veg Cuisine
India Lodgeaddress: Near Railway Police Station, Olavakkod
phone: +91 4912534641 2539531address: English Church Road
address: OlasseryKairali Resort, Kodumbu Olassery Road, Palakkad
Landmark Residencyphone: +91 4912555708address: Palakkad
Malang Lodgephone: +91 4912529665address: Kannara Street, Near Noorajahan Hotel, G.B.Road cross
Sri Chakra Internationaladdress: Chandranagar