In the arms of nature
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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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.