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
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.Read More
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.
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.