Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia , Kerala is India's only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. One such mesmerizing place in Kerala is Palakkad, known as the granary of Kerala.
Palakkad, situated on the South West Coast of India, is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Probably the biggest mountain pass in the world, Palakkad separates the two folds of the Western Ghats on the border of Kerala with Tamil Nadu, and hence is aptly called the Gateway of Kerala . Its other name Palghat is a contribution of the British Raj.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Palakkad are the -
- Palakkad Fort: It is the most beautiful and well- preserved fort of Kerala, constructed in 1766 by Hyder Ali of Mysore.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary : Situated 130 km from Palakkad, the sanctuary offers an amusing sight of exotic wild animals.
- Children's Park : This Park has a toy train, miniature zoo, aquarium and swimming pool, and provides boating facilities in the canal and reservoir.
- Thrithala: A Shiva temple and the ruins of a mud near Thrithala Chalissery Road are the notable cultural monuments here.
- Lakkidi: Killikurissimangalam of Lakkidi is well-known as the birth place of Kunchan Nambiar, and the Sri Rama Temple at Thiruvilwamala is located just across the river.
- Kottayi: This tiny village became famous as the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Karnatic music.
- Nelliampathy hills : This cool hill resort has enormous potential for trekking, camping and rock climbing.
- Jain Temple: This broad temple consists of four divisions with images of Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis in three of them.
- Silent Valley: This National Park has been named Silent Valley being devoid of the chirping of cicadas.
- Dhoni: This reserve forest area has a marvelous waterfall that can be reached after a three-hour climb.
Best time to visit Palakkad is between the months of September and March. Unless you are keen to spend a monsoon holiday, avoid June-August.
How to reach
To reach Palakkad, the nearest Airport is at Coimbatore (55 km), while to the south is Cochin Airport (160 km). There are two Railway Stations here, of which the main one is the Palakkad Junction. The district is well-networked with 1247 km of roads.
Some of the major hotels in Palakkad, offering an impressive blend of tradition and modernity, are Hotel Indraprastha, Hotel Srichakra International, Kairali Ayurvedic Resort, etc.