Palakkad Tourism

Palakkad Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a city located in the state of Kerala, around 350 kilometres north of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. The town is located in Palghat Gap, which is a depression in the Western Ghats and is adjoined to the state of Tamil Nadu. Palakkad is an important city of Kerala and every year a number of tourists come here to see landscapes and temples. 

History of Palakkad

The name is believed to have originated from the word Palai nilam, which means dry land. However, the commonly held belief is that, it originated from the fusion of Malayalam and Tamil words. The name Palghat was derived from the name Pal Ghat, which is one of the Ghats in Western Ghats. Palakkad is famous for its Travancore saris, handicraft and jewellery.

Things to do in Palakkad

In Palakkad, there are a number of temples that are visited by devotees throughout the year. People come here to see temples like Kanjirapuzha, Pattambi Nercha, Kalpathy Temple, Jain Temple, Pariyanempatta Bagavathi Temple, due to their religious and historical significance. There are many local festivities that are celebrated every year in these temples. Padur Vela, Tharakad Sivan Koil Siva Rathry and Pudduseri Vedi are few of these temples. Palakkad holiday packages cover many sightseeing items across the destination. 

Chinakkathoor Pooram is one such festival held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple at Palappuram in Palakkad district. It is a bright and vibrant elephant pageant, so to speak, where 33 decorated tuskers come together in a grand procession. The festival also displays traditional Keralite art forms like Panchavadyam (traditional temple orchestra) and Tholppavakoothu (a ritualistic shadow puppetry) apart from Vellattu, Theyyam, and Kaalavela etc.

There are other places like Silent Valley National Park, Pothundy Dam, Malampuzha Dam, Dhoni Waterfalls, Parambikulam, Walayar Dam and many more.  These temples and attractions are located in and around Palakkad town. 

Palakkad Fort, constructed in 1766 by Hyder Ali who was the father of Tipu Sultan, is a religious as well as historical site. Thread Garden is another important site of this place. This garden is famous for artificial thread flowers and plants. 

Travelling to Palakkad

The nearest airport to this place is Coimbatore International Airport, which is about 52 km away. Taxis are available outside the airport. Tourists can reach Palakkad by train too. The main station of this town is Palakkad Junction and it is connected to many important cities of Kerala as well as India. 

Palakkad experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, except in summers, which falls between the months of April and July. Monsoon strikes this place in the mid of July and the temperature of the place stays pleasant until March.

Accommodation options in Palakkad

Palakkad has a range of hotels to choose from. Hotel options in Palakkad range from resorts, homestays, budget hotels and lodges as well as a few bed & breakfast places. 

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Palakkad Traveller Reviews

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Anas Mundodan
  • Anas Mundodan
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 1 Review

"Nice place on India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Palakkad is most beautiful place in Kerala. Many many places are seeing in Palakkad like nelliyambathi, malampuzha dam silent valley etc. But, I don't see the all places due less time. On the morning train I will reach in Palakkad. And going to chittoor for conducting test.
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Amal Paul
  • Amal Paul
  • Lives in Mojokerto
  • 3 Reviews

"Many attractions to keep you busy"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Palakkad is the main place to cover the tourist attraction like Athirapalli falls, Silent valley, Fort, Neliyampathy and Parambikulam. Though the roads are narrow, you won't face any major traffic jams. Most of the people are friendly and understand English or Hindi. There are many temples in the city.
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Amal Baby
  • Amal Baby
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Batam
  • 3 Reviews

"A beautiful and clean city with good transportation"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I would recommend to visit this city with a group of friends. I travelled to the exteriors of Nagpur and my experience was overall very good. The city had good means of transport from inter/intra state buses and taxis. The city is beautiful with quite a few malls and hangout places. I would recommend everyone to visit here as it was a very beautiful city and the cleanness was amazing.
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Deals Kada
  • Deals Kada
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  • 10 Reviews

"Wonderful Palakkad."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2014
The place one should visit at least once a time in their life. There are a lot to visit in Palakkad. Main attractions here are Nelliyampathy hills, Parambikulam forest, Malampuzha gardens etc. We have really enjoyed our visit to Palakkad. And we hope to visit that place once again. This place is suitable for all kind of tourists.
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Rajesh Sharma
  • Rajesh Sharma
  • Critic
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 8 Reviews

"Calm Place"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2013
Palakkad is a very small town. Though the roads are narrow still you don't face any major traffic jam. Most of the people are friendly and understand English or Hindi. There are many temples in the city. However, there is just one Mall but number of jewellery shops.
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Vinoth Kumar
  • Vinoth Kumar
  • Lives in Madurai
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"Very Nice"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2013
Nice climate. Every half hour it rains. Hotel price is very cheap. Nice service, food. If you visit Palakkad always carry umbrella or raincoat. Palakkad is the main place to cover the tourist attraction like Athirapalli falls, Silent valley, Fort, Neliyampathy, Parambikulam. So very nice place, don't miss it!
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Ponni p P
  • Ponni p P
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice Place"

  • Posted Jul 11, 2013
Palakkad was over all a great place . It was amazing that thought it rained all through the day , I could no see any water stagnated in the road or anywhere. the road was soo neat & clean, i really loved the climate over there. if i get a chance, i would surely opt to stay at palakkad

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: i dined in Bristo restaurant. it provided us good food. The rates were soo cheap compared to chennai.

Activities & things to do: went to Dam & temples

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: nothing to warn.good place & reliable people at this city
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  • Ravindra
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  • 4 Reviews

"A calm place with friendly people."

  • Posted Mar 31, 2013
A small town with orthodox views. Hope it catches up with its neighbour Coimbatore for it to develop.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Chamandhi chutney they give with idli is superb for spice lovers.
The malampuzha dam is excellent, but more greenery is required.

Activities & things to do: A lot of shopping spots and affordable too. Autorikshaw is still cheap as people do not fleece. Excellent nendra chips and jackfruit snack called as chakkai.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Palghat is one hour away from coimbatore by road. By train you can get down at Olavakot railway station.
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Anish  George
  • Anish George
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 2 Reviews

"Heritage Town"

  • Posted Mar 4, 2013
Officially good destination for a business visit as well as for nature lovers.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not to be missed Nelliayampathi

Activities & things to do: Trekking

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Palakkad is having a railway station, Nearest Airport is Coimbatore. Pretty cool climate.
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Ankush Borate
  • Ankush Borate
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"beautiful kerale"

  • Posted Feb 10, 2013
Palakkad is very good plane for stay. it is calm city. from palakkad you can visit nearer other picnic spot also.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Jobs mail is good for shopping & in that mall we get good food also.

Activities & things to do: just enjoy the green beautiful kerala

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Traveling by train is best option because kerala green beauty is seen from train only
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