PALAKKAD (PALGHAT), India

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  1. About palakkad (palghat)

    Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a beautiful rural district of Kerala, which has everything required for a rejuvenating holiday. Nestled at the mountain ranges of Western Ghats with its boundless stretches of paddy fields, palm trees, amazing landscapes, unexplored hill stations, historical monuments, dams, gardens, temples and festivals; and above all the helping mentality and hospitality of the people, Palakkad provides an exciting experience to its visitors. The name ‘Palakkad’ is supposed to be derived from the words “Pala tree” (Alstonia Scholaris), which once occupied here in large numbers; and the word “kadu”, which means “forest”. As per megalithic relics, the history of Palakkad dates back to Paleolithic Age. After hundreds of years of rule by Perumals and subsequent invasion by several South Indian rulers, Palakkad became under the control of Kollengode Raja and Palakkad Raja (Sekhari Varma Raja). In 1757, when Kozhikode Sammoothiri invaded Palakkad, Palakkad Raja sought the help of Mysore Sulthan Hyder Ali. Hyder Ali helped him to defeat the Sammoothiri, but he added Palakkad and many other regions under his reign, which were subsequently ruled by his son Tippu Sultan. Later on, the British defeated Tippu and Palakkad became a part of Malabar District of Madras Presidency, till Indian independence. On January 1, 1957, Malabar district was divided and three districts were formed viz., Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur. With massive rice production, Palakkad has grabbed the title “The Rice Bowl of Kerala”. ‘Palakkad Gap’, a natural pass or depression through the Western Ghats make Palakkad the ‘Gateway to Kerala’, strategically linking it to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Dam & Garden, Rock Garden, Silent Valley National Park, Nelliyampathy Hills, Kalpathi Temple & Heritage Village, Jain Temple, Mayiladumpara Peacock sanctuary, etc., are some of the popular attractions of Palakkad. Palakkad is famous for its mesmerizing temple festivals like Nemmara Vela, Kalpathi Chariot festival, Manappullikavu Vela, Chittur Kongan Pada, etc. Besides, the city is blessed with amazing classical music tradition and is well known for its unique art forms like Kanniar Kali, Pavakoothu, etc. The best time to visit Palakkad is during winter season between November and February, when the climate is very comfortable.

  2. Who should visit the city?

    Anyone

    Best time to visit (months)

    Season-1 : November - February | Season-2 : August - September

    How to reach?

    By Road

    Palakkad is well connected by road from all cities of Kerala and also from the neighbouring states. National Highway NH-544 (previous name NH-47) between Salem to Kochi runs through Palakkad connecting various cities like Kochi, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore and Salem, thus providing access to the international airports at Cochin and Coimbatore. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses and private buses have regular services to all other cities of the state and to Coimbatore. Luxury buses run daily from distant places like Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, etc. Private buses, auto-rickshaws and cabs are available from nearby areas to any part of the city.

    By Train

    Palakkad Junction railway station and Palakkad Town railway station are the two railway stations in Palakkad. Palakkad Junction Railway station is an important railway station in Southern Railway connecting all major cities in India like Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, etc. Palakkad town is 3 km from Palakkad Junction railway station and can be reached by bus or auto. Another major railway station in Palakkad is Shornur Junction railway station at about 48 km from Palakkad.

    By Air

    Coimbatore International Airport, located at 65 km from Palakkad Town, is the nearest airport. It has connections to all major destinations in India and few international destinations. Cochin International airport is located at 105 km and Calicut International Airport at 103 km from Palakkad. Palakkad is well connected by Road from all these airports. From the airport one can hire a taxi or depend on bus service to reach Palakkad.

    Weather

    Summer

    Min Temp: 25°C - Max Temp: 40°C

    Monsoon

    Min Temp: 15°C - Max Temp: 30°C

    Winter

    Min Temp: 15°C - Max Temp: 30°C

    Language spoken

    Malayalam

    Best fair, festivals and attractions

    Tourist attractions in Palakkad include Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Dam & Garden, Rock Garden, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nelliyampathy Hills, Dhoni Hills & waterfalls, Kalpathi Temple & Heritage Village, Jain Temple, Mayiladumpara Peacock Sanctuary, etc. There are several fascinating festivals, including Nemmara Vela, Kalpathi Chariot festival, Manappullikavu Vela, Chittur Kongan Pada, Chinakkathur Pooram, Pattambi Nercha, Pudussery Vedi, etc. Kanniar Kali, Pavakoothu, Paana, Porattukali, etc., are some of the popular art forms. In addition, trade fairs, exhibitions, music concert, and a variety of cultural programs are held in Palakkad every year.

    STD Code

    0491

    State

    Kerala

    Country

    India

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