Palakkad lies near a wide low gap or pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges that separates Kerala from Tamil Nadu. Consequently the city is a major conduit for travel between the two states. Palakkad is 4,480 square kilometres and the population is 2,617,072.
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.
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.
Taxi - Local taxis are also available at cheap rates. You will have to bargain.
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Walk - Many attractions in Palakkad like the Tippu's Fort, the Open air Auditorium called "Rapadi", the Stadiums etc are walkable.
Kanhirapuzha Dam, Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway (40 kms from Palakkad). Set among the Western Ghats, the reservoir of this dam is surrounded by majestic mountains and presents a spectacular view. An easy 1 hour drive from Palakkad on the Palakkad-Kozhikode national highway, with a turn off at Chirakalpadi. A very attractive garden too.edit
Kollengode. Beautiful green lands, the great Palace of Kollengode Kovilakam.edit
Ayalur Temple, Ayalur (33 km from Palakkad, bus for every 30 minutes). Car festival during winteredit
Nellikulangara Temple, Nemmara (28 km from Palakkad). edit
Meenkulathhi Amman Temple, Pallasena (15 km from Palakkad). edit
Asmarkovil : A religious worship centre of godess apasmara .. 30 kms from palakkad
Tripallavoor siva temple, Pallavur (20 km from Palakkad). edit
Kakkayur siva temple, Kakkayur (15 km from Palakkad). edit
Hemambika/Emoor Bhagavathi temple and Siva Temple, (Near Olavakkode, 6 km from Palakkad). Bus available every 5 min from Palakkad Town Bus Stand. Board Rly Colony bus and get down at kallekulangara bus stop.edit
Kakkayur Kottamala Ayyappa temple, Kakkayur (15 km from Palakkad). The 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.edit
Pothundy Dam, (On the way to Nelliyampathy, 38 km from Palakkad). It is a reservoir built across Ayalur river as an irrigation project in 1968. It provide water to Nenmara and Ayalur villages. It is in a valley just below the Nelliyampathy Hills.edit
Nemmara Vela. April 2nd/3rd every year. A traditional Indian festival.edit
Chinakathur Pooram. Every March-April. A spectacular festival.edit
Kalpathy Rathotsavam. Celebrtated during mid of November every year. Colourful Temple car festival where all the streets of the village will be lightened and the procession of Ratha's will take place.edit
Kunissery Kummatti. In March/April every year (on Punartham of Meenam). A traditional Indian festival.edit
Alampallam Radhotsavam. April. The biggest Chariot in Kerala.edit
Chittur Konganpada. Usually in March. The 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).edit
Octopus Restaurant, Olavakkot Road. Very good veg and non-veg foodedit
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