Location of Palakkad
Palakkad town is situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. This beautiful town has several attractive visiting places in and around it. Palakkad is situated about 350 kilometres north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is about 54 kilometres south west of Coimbatore, and 66 km north east of Thrissur District on the Salem District-Kanyakumari National Highway NH 47.
Loknayak Smrithivanam and Deer Park
Loknayak Smrithivanam and Deer Park is situated at 22 kms from Palghat. The Smrithivanam and Deer Park covers an area of 100 acres of reserve forest at Walayar along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Deer and other animals can be seen moving freely in this area. Facilities for Elephant rides are also provided.
Thiruvalathoor is situated at a distance of 10 km drive from Palakkad. It is an ancient temple with some wood carvings and stone sculptures.
Meenvallam is situated 8 km from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad-Manarkad route. The waterfalls of this place are little known but they are combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendour. The water falls from about 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15 to 20 feet. There are 10 steps of waterfalls, of which, eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest thereby remaining inaccessible.
Punarjani Cave is situated 2 km from the Tiruvilawamala temple. It is a natural tunnel in the rocky cliff. The main deity of the temple is Sri Raman. The idol here is believed to be 'swayambhoo' i.e. born on its own and its abode is on the Western side.
Sri Vilwadrinatha Temple
Sri Vilwadrinatha Temple is about 15 km from Ottapalam, at "Thiruvilvamala". It is dedicated to Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana, the divine brothers in the great epic 'The Ramayana'.
Sri Thirumandam Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple
Sri Thirumandam Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. It is situated at Kongad about 20 km from Palakkad.
Alathur Temple Complex
Alathur Temple Complex complex is situated at Alathur near Palakkad. It includes four temples dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva, Lord Krishna, Lord Varadaraja and Goddess Mahalakshmi.
Kottapuram Bhagavathy Temple
Kottapuram Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy at Kottapuram. It is easily accessible from Palakkad.
Palakkad Fort was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore. This medieval fort was built in the heart of the city in 1766. In 1790, the British East Indian Company made some renovations and modifications to it. The Archaeological Survey of India is now taking care of this fort.
Fantasy Park offers to make the fantasies come true. The usual visiting time is from 14:00 to 21:00 hrs on weekdays and it becomes 11:00 to 2100 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays. The entrance fee is Rs.20 for adults and Rs.10 for children. There is extra charge for the pleasure rides and computer games.
Pothundy is situated about 45 km from Palakkad on the way to Nelliyampathy. The beautiful reservoir complex found here is perfect for short and sweet picnics.
Dhoni is a lavish sylvan region with a refreshing waterfall. The visitors need to trek for three long hours to reach to the foot of the beautiful Dhoni hills.
Malampuzha Dam is a wonderful dam in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This is a beautifully laid garden with a variety of brilliant and colourful flowers. It has the meticulously manicured grass lawn, the marvellous meadows and fabulous fountains displaying an orchestrated water show.
The site of the Malampuzha Dam lies in the cauldron formed by the Western Ghat. The great stretch of the serene lake formed by the dam provides boating facilities. During the cool dark night, numerous lights sparkle like bright pearls arranged on a black sheet of cloth. This is a rare beauty. These lights are usually illuminated only in the week ends. On other days, it can be arranged through the executive engineer after paying a fixed fee.
There is also a swimming pool with high diving stages in this dam. An aquarium and pleasure rides like the boating and the ropeway winch, a snake park and a children's park are among other attractions of the Malampuzha Dam. The garden here opens by 10:00 hrs and closes by 18:00 hrs. One can enjoy the boat riding from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Swimming Pool remains open from 12:00 to 20:00 hrs. The tower remains open for the visitors from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Kollengode is situated about 19 km south of Palakkad. The term 'Kollengode' literally means 'Abode of Blacksmiths', who cherish the rural beauty of Palakkad. Ancient monuments like the Kollengode palace, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the memorial of the renowned poet P. Kunhiraman Nair can be seen here.
Lakkidi is about 30 km from Palakkad. The house of the 18th century poet 'Kunchan Nambiar' is situated here, which is a historic monument.
Meenkara Dam is a beautiful dam across the enchanting river Gayathri. It merges with Bharathapuzha and is an exciting picnic spot.
Ottappalam is well known for several places of worship here. A number of grand festivals celebrated here, makes it popular.
Mangalam Dam is located about 50 km from Palakkad. The beautiful Cherukunnath River, a tributary of the famous Mangalam River is intercepted by this wonderful dam. It is also a popular picnic spot.
Thrithala is situated about 75 km from Palakkad. This place is significant for the presence of ancient monuments and the dilapidated remains of the previously famous structures. One can find a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the ruins of a mud fort near this place. The archeologists visit here to research on the Kattilmadam Temple, which is a small but subtle Buddhist monument. It is supposed to be of the 9th or the 10th century and is made of granite on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of about 285 sq. km. Several rare and the common creatures can be found here. Boating and cruising facilities are available here. The State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady provide accommodations at the rest houses available there. The adventurous tourists interested to stay in the tree house, need to do advance reservation. "Kannimari", the famous oldest teak tree can be seen here. The visitors need to take permission from the Divisional Forest Officer, Parambikulam to enter the sanctuary.
Siruvani Dam is about 48 km from Palakkad. This is a beautiful dam, which was built across the serene river Siruvani. It is a popular picnic spot. One of the two gateways on either side of the length of the dam is built in traditional Kerala style of architecture while the other in the traditional Tamil Nadu style.
Nelliyampathy is a hill resort is about 467meter to 1572 meter above the sea level. It is situated 40 km south of Nenmara. It is an evergreen forest spread lavishly along the incline. It is a good place for the trekkers. The DTPC, Palakkad provides accommodation.
Thenari is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Rama. There is a natural spring in front of the temple. The waters of this spring is considered to be as sacred as that of the magnificent, perennial, Holy river Ganges in which a dip cleanses souls.
Attappady is situated about 38 km on the northeast of Mannarkad. It has picturesque mountains, elegant rivers and thick verdant forests. Being the land of tribals, it attracts the anthropologists. The local people worship the Malleeswaram Peak, which looks like the Holy Sivalinga. Here, the Shivarathri festival is celebrated very enthusiastically. The PWD rest house and a few private hotels at Agali provide accommodations.
Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple
Sankaranarayana is the presiding deity of Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple. The deity is a unique combination of one half by Lord Siva and by Lord Vishnu on the other. It is a 14th century temple. The auditorium here is known as the 'Koothambalam' and it is believed to be a later addition in the 15th or the 16th century.
Ongallur Taliyil Siva Temple
Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple is situated near Pattambi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and displays the architectural skills of the period. Some of the most intricate laterite sculptures can be seen here. The Shivaratri festival is celebrated here annually.
Silent Valley National Park
Silent Valley National Park is situated about 40 km on the northwest of Mannarkad. Now, it covers an area of about 89.52 sq km. The persistent chirping of the cicadas, which is very common in sylvan regions, is absent here. This feature of the park makes it known as the silent valley. The visitors need to do a trekking of about 24 km since the Ghat terrain makes vehicle movement possible only beyond that distance. The visitors need to take the permission of the Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mukkali to go there.