Weekend Trip to Palakkad, Kerala
- Scenic Beauty
- Temples and Pilgrim
Summer 32 to 38°C
Winter 17 to 30°C
Distance / Traveling Time
From Bangalore: 410 kilometers / 6 h ,11 m
Best Time To Visit
Nestled in the Palakkad district of Kerala, in the Western Ghats known as the Palgat Ghat, Palakkad is the state which serves as a connection between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are various small villages in and around Palakkad. The interesting thing is that the natives of these villages speak Tamil instead of their main language ‘Malayalam’. These villages are the best place to visit and experience typical Tamil Brahmin life. Some popular villages that are located in the region are Noorani, Chatapuram, Tharekadu, Thirunellai, Old Kalpathy and New Kalpathy. Some important tourist places that you can visit include Palakkad Fort, Pothundy Dam, Jain Temple, Malampuzha Dam, Dhoni Waterfalls, Parambikulam, Walayar Dam and Srikrishnapuram. There are numerous local festivals that are celebrated in the area such as Tharakad Sivan Koil Siva Rathry, Padur Vela and Pudduseri Vedi.
How to Reach Palakkad
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railhead to Palakkad. The railway station is frequented by trains that arrive from many parts of the state and other important cities as well. Auto Rickshaws ply between railway station and Palakkad.
Coimbatore Airport is the nearest international airport to Palakkad. It is located around 49 kilometers away from the place. Taxi cabs are the best option to reach Palakkad from Coimbatore airport.
The National Highway 7 and National Highway 47 connect Bangalore and Palakkad. If you are travelling in a group via road, the journey will take around 6 hours from Bangalore to Palakkad. Government and private buses are available between Palakkad and different parts of the state.
Attractions in Palakkad
Located in proximity to Palakkad, Ottapalam is known for its culture and heritage. It is also known to have played host to various historical events. The main attraction of Ottapalam is the Chinakathoor Kavu Temple, where the annual Chinakathoor Pooram takes place annually. It is located on the banks of Nila River, at a distance of 34 kilometers away from Palakkad. Ottapalam is known to be the birthplace of eminent personalities such as KPS Menon, VP Menon, Sir. C. Sankaran Naik and Shri K.R. Narayanan.
One of the most popular attractions in Palakkad, Palakkad Fort is a historical granite citadel built by Haider Ali in the year 1776. Besides appreciating the impressive structures of the fort, one can see exotic sceneries through an evening walk. Tourists can explore the premises of the fort and allows you to pay homage at the Hanuman Temple. Located in proximity to the fort, there is an open ground which used to be the stable for horses and elephants of Tipu Sultan’s army.
Located within the premises of Malampuzha Gardens, The Yakshi Statue is a massive rock sculpture of Yakshi built by the renowned sculptor Kanai Kanhiraman. It is often considered as an artistic wonder by the lovers of art. The statue, positioned at the backdrop of mountain ranges and lush green gardens, offers a visual treat to the guests. The statue is colossal in size and is carved out of a single piece of rock. It is one of the must-see attractions in Malampuzha.