Palakkad Tourism

Palakkad Tourism

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Palakkad Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Palakkad
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 31°C, Winter 20 to 32°C

History of Palakkad

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. 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, Pariyanampatta Bhagavathi Temple, due to their religious and historical significance. There are many local festivities that are celebrated every year in these temples. Padur Vela, Tarakad Sivan Koil Siva Rathri and Pudussery 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 Kerala art forms like Panchavadyam (traditional temple orchestra) and Tholpavakoothu (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.

Accommodation in 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. 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.

Palakkad is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Coimbatore and Kochi (Cochin).

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Manoj Menon

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  • Manoj Menon
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 23 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
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"In the arms of nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017
So, my recent visit to Palakkad can be described as a revelation. This quaint little town is broken up into many villages. While I did not visit the Palakkad main town this time around, I headed out to visit a few villages here.

My first stop was in a village called Kottapuram which is nearly 40 kms from the main town. A serene village in the arms of nature and far from the hustle and bustle of the city. People staying here are very welcoming and the environment is very calm. There was a festival taking place in the local temple here and I was fortunate enough to witness it. There were around 18 Elephants there and this was the first time I got to be in close proximity with these gentle giants.

My second trip was to another village called Karimpuzha, which one can say is for those who want to enjoy amidst nature post retirement. There is a river flowing here and you can spend time here. Do visit the river during sunrise and sunset. I promise you that it is a sight to remember.

My last and final stop was at Pariyanampatta, which is basically a holy place. The temple here is very famous and there have been quite a few films shot in and around this temple. Even today Malayalam Film stars come here either to pray or to shoot a movie. There is a huge pond here within the temple premises where you can take a dip or feed the fishes.

Though these places have nothing extravagant to boast of, I believe the simplicity of it is what makes it very special. For someone who has grown up in the city, a visit to such places will make you admire the simpler things in life.
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Ujjwal Vasisht

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  • Ujjwal Vasisht
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"Near to nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2016
Went to Pallakad where my family recently relocated. A beautiful city with an exquisite balance woth nature. The roads are jyst a treat to drive on, you'll fee like you're on some jungle track in the need for speed game. The greenery and the dam park, are just awesome. A must go place.
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Shoby joseph 

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  • Shoby joseph 
  • Lives in Kochi
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"Palakkad, a must go place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
The district of Palakkad is having boundary with Tamil Nadu and is a mixed culture in some areas. There are lots of temples and the famous Kalpathy Ratholsavam is also good to see. There are many agri farms and lots of paddy field. The climate is very hot compared to other districts in the state.
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  • Sreekanth
  • Lives in Palakkad
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"Excellent stay in Malampuzha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
I been stayed here for couple of days & the services offered was so good over all the ambiance of the hotel is also excellent located near to Malampuzha dam only walkable distance from the hotel. Food & services are pretty good but should be improve more. So here after any more guest are there for me surely I will suggest this place only.
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Vidhya Vasudevan

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"Place of paddy fields-Palakkad"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2015
Palakkad is full of greenery filled with paddy fields. You can get awesome vegetarian Sadhya (food with 18 curries) here. Palakkad fort, bus yatras, walks through paddy fields are not to missed if you are planning to visit Palakkad. Also don't forget to take your cameras to click selfies..
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Ashwini G

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  • Ashwini G
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Excellent time at Palakkad"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 26, 2015
It was a great time at Palakkad. We visited in the month of July it was raining but still had some excellent time there. Beaches were good, we played a lot. Fishes available near were very tasty. We travelled by car and there were no restrictions on the road. If you are an alcoholic then you need to think of visiting this place since there are no wine shops near by.
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  • anngr
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Friendly town, lovely people"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2015
This city is small but people were very friendly. They have some small temples around like kannagi koil, shiva temple, bhagavathi temple, guruvayoorappan, anjaneyar temple, venkatachalapathy temple, and many more. Shopping is interesting as store staff were very informative and helpful.

Lunch is provided with godumai(wheat) payasam which is excellent in taste. But you won't get any variety other than this payasam all through the city i suppose.

Other than that kerala special vella appam, idiyappam with stew were available for bf and dinner and were quite interesting. Tried pathiri with veg stew and tasted nice.

Market street and college road were interesting to roam around and do shopping.

Malampuzha dam is quiet interesting where we can spent a whole evening say some 4-5 hours leisurely walking around.

Nelliyampathy is another good travel even though u dont have any thing up hill there.

Guruvayoor is at some 110 km while thrissur is also nearby which can be covered in a day from palakkad and these are famous must go temples of kerala.

Tipu's fort is quite a small fort where u can take a walk around and spend some time. Their is a anjaneyar temple inside the fort. DO CARRY CONTAINER TO KERALA TEMPLES for getting payasams and prasadams. Especially to these anjaneyar temple and guruvayoor, the famous aravana payasam has to be booked priorily which we missed.
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Anas Mundodan

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  • Anas Mundodan
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"Nice place on India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2014
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

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  • Amal Paul
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"Many attractions to keep you busy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
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

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  • Lives in Batam
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"A beautiful and clean city with good transportation"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
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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