Palakkad

Palakkad

Palakkad known as the gateway of Kerala from other states in India is known for its rich flora and fauna. The richness of Palakkad with Palmyra trees and paddy fields makes it most picturesque location in Kerala. British Raj has given the district a different name – Palghat, the fact being the district lies in Palghat gap, a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats which connects Kerala to the plain land of Tamilnadu to the East.
Palakkad has an outstanding touch because of the abundant forest wealth, dams, wild life sanctuaries, rivers, rare birds and animals, historical monuments, traditional ayurvedic treatment centres. Palakkad is also celebrated as the rice granary of Kerala. The district is also for the best educational institutions and also acts as the hub for trade relations between Kerala and Tamilnadu.


Places to visit


Malampuzha Dam and Garden

The large irrigation dam takes its name from the river Malampuzha which contributes for the largest river of Kerala – Bharathapuzha. It’s a little township which falls on the foothills of the Western Ghats. Beautifully landscaped garden and a water theme park (Fantasy Park) is also available near the reservoir. Boating facilities are available on the lake. Other attractions in the Malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway which takes you on an aerial tour of the park, and the gigantic Yakshi (an enchantress) sculptured by Kanai Kunhiraman, a renowned sculptor of Kerala.
The locality also has good options of nature based resorts and hide outs for travelers. The reservoir also has ring road which covers the entire dam from one side to the other. Tour through the ring road will take you through the plantations near the reservoir, water storage area and sources of water from the mountain. There are also options for trekking and visiting many natural waterfalls which gives a scenic view for the tourists. This dam is also known as the prime location for shooting of movies in different languages.

Silent valley National Park

Silent valley is one of the few remaining rain forests in Kerala and is preserved with high importance due the presence of many rare species of trees and animals. This forest is effectively protected by Forest Department of Kerala and is evident from the succession of secondary grass lands in the valley. This forest is also known as the representative of evergreen forests in India.
This forest is also known for the significant population of the endangered and rare species of Lion Tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Langur. Silent valley is an important watershed for Bharathapuzha and potential source for research and experiments in forests. This forest also is covered under Project Elephant area. The Silent Valley National Park has restricted access for tourists and public. The information centre setup by the Forest department gives us a great knowledge of the importance of the rain forest and also the different species of animals and trees which can be sighted in this forest. Its luck and worth to have a tour through this forest.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikulam is 100kms away from Palakkad and is a beautiful hill top tiger reserve which lies 300 to 1438m above the sea level with an area covering 285 sq km. The temperature in this area ranges from 15 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. Parambikulam is the first scientifically managed teak plantation of the world and also has the worlds the largest and oldest teak tree.
This wildlife sanctuary is one among the best protected ecological park in the country which consists of a large collection tigers, leopards, Indian elephants and fresh water crocodiles. The breathtaking landscape of the wildlife sanctuary is a true gift of nature and protected with high importance. The reserve's claim to fame is the tiger population - which shows significant increase in periodical censuses. According to the 2010 census, Parambikulam and surrounding sanctuaries are home to 32-36 tigers. About 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fish, over 1000 species of insects and 124 species of butterflies have been reported from the region. The presence of 250 species of birds offers fantastic bird watching opportunities. The lush habitats are home to some spectacular species like the Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, the Peninsular Bay Owl, the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, the Black-capped Kingfisher, the Great Black Woodpecker and the Lesser Grey-headed Fish Eagle.
The reserve nestles between the Anamalai hills and the Nelliampathy hills. The reserve is credited with the first scientifically managed teak plantation in the world which was later merged with the forest land. Here stands the world's largest and oldest teak tree. Named "Kannimara" (corrupt version of Irish name Connemara), the tree is believed to be 350 years old has a height of 40m and girth of 6.4m. It requires four persons with their outstretched hands to encircle the tree. 
Also we have a variety of options to stay here from houses built with wood and tree houses in locations where you can spot wild animals. The entry to the sanctuary is restricted and needs permission prior to the visit. Also, the accommodation options are limited as there are not private owned resorts and hotels. Options of stay is provided by Kerala Forest Department. But, the forest department provides day tour through the sanctuary in the presence of a well-trained guide to help the travelers spot animals and learn more about the thick dense Parambikulam Widlife Sanctuary.

Nelliyampathy Hills

The picturesque peak which kisses the sky with a height ranging from 467m to 1572m. Nelliyampathy is located 60km away from Palakkad town via Nenmara and Pothundi Dam. The route consists of 10 hair pin bends and steep hill climbing roads. The view from the majestic Nelliyampathy hill range is a real treat to your eyes. The main attractions of Nelliyampathy is aerial view of mountain pass, dense forests, tea gardens, trekking and many adventure sports. The climate in the region is always pleasant and cold throughout the year. Palakkad is one of the districts which is impacted by the highest temperature during the summer season in Kerala, but Nelliyampathy gives the best climate during this season as well and pulls the travelers to visit the area irrespective of the season.
The Pothundy Dam is a not to be missed spot on the way to Nelliaympathy. Pothundi Dam offers boating and other outing activities in the well landscaped gardens. The 1000m waterfall, Seethakundu is a major attraction in Nelliyampathy. The rich green forests of Nelliyampathy is frequently punctuated by big and small waterfalls. Nelliyampathy lies in the lap of Western Ghats and is decorated by wonderful sight of tea, coffee, cardamom and Orange plantation. The topmost point in Nelliyampathy is the Palagapandi estate. Nelliyampathy also consists of many private owned Hotels and Resorts which gives a wide range of accommodation option for travelers. Also, many of the British built bungalows are also being rented out for tourists and will give a royal approach for travelers to stay.

Tipu Sultan Fort

The Palakkad Fort is also known as the Tipu Sultan Fort was built by Haider Ali, the emperor of Mysore Province and is located in the heart of Palakkad Town. The Fort is known among tourists for its large laterite walls and the historical importance it holds.

Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex

Kalpathy Agraharam, known as the Varanasi of South India is the first heritage village in the State. Kalpathy Agraharam comprises of Old Kalpathy and New Kalpathy covering an area of 22.36 hectares. Migrant Brahmins from Thanjavur established the Agraharam and is rich for its architecture, music, temples and car festivals. The Lord Shiva temple known as Kundambalam in Kalpathy dates back to AD 1425.
Due to the influence of concrete structures and renovation of many houses in Kalpathy, the village was losing its heritage value. To preserve the same, the State Tourism Department has taken up the Kalpathy Heritage Walk scheme.
Kalpathy Ratholsavam or Kalpathy Chariot Festival, is an annual ten day chariot festival conducted during the month of November every year. During the first seven days of the festival many singers, musicians and dancers from all over India joins and a grand stage is set to show case their talent. Last three days thousands of devotees gather together to draw decorated temple chariots through the streets. The temple is located in the banks of Nila River and resembles Varanasi in the banks Ganges in North India. Tourists from all over the world travel to Kalpathy to learn more about the heritage and culture of the village.

Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary (Myladumpara)

Choolanur Pea Fowl Sanctuary is an extensive forest where peacocks are sighted in large amount often at dawn and dust. This peacock sanctuary is not bound by gates or fences, its open to visitors and more 200 peacock inhabit in this sanctuary. The sanctuary is sprawling across 500 hectares of blueberry forests and is habitat for many varieties of birds. Bird watchers from across the world travel to Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary to explore the wide varieties of birds sighted in around the locale. Myladumpara is situated 30km from Palakkad town and easy accessible by road.

Thread Garden Malampuzha

The Thread Garden at a distance of about 6 kms from Palakkad railway Station is a unique garden which replicates images of birds, animals and flowers by using colored embroidery threads. This garden is the result of the hard work of numerous laborers who created these portrayals without the help of needles or any devices.

Rock Garden Malampuzha

Rock Garden is a typical example of reuse and renew due to its eco-friendly approach of creating art pieces from waste materials. The Garden houses various sculptures and art forms made of electrical wastes, tiles, crockery, glass and others.

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