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Palakkad – A Retreat In The Rice Bowl


Palakkad, otherwise known by its anglicized name Palghat, is a district in Kerala that lies along the serpentine mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. What makes Palakkad distinct from other parts of Kerala is its predominantly rural nature coupled with enormous expanses of paddy fields.

Endless stretch of palm trees, green carpeted landscapes, dense tropical forests and undulating hilly terrains make Palakkad a visual treat to spectators. By contributing massively to the rice production of Kerala, Palakkad has rightfully grabbed two titles - ‘The Rice Bowl of Kerala’ and ‘The Granary of Kerala’.

A Potpourri Of Traditions

Palaghat Gap, a natural pass located along the Western Ghats, makes Palakkad a strategic gateway connecting Kerala with its neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Unlike the other districts of Kerala, Palakkad has a Tamil speaking population which contributed to the emergence of a unique culture in the region.

The proximity of Tamil Nadu has given rise to a distinctive food culture that thrives predominantly on traditional Kerala and Tamil flavors. Two key features that have attributed uniqueness to the cultural history of Palakkad are its temple festivals and a well-preserved tradition of Karnatic music.

Being the birthplace of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Palakkad Mani Iyer, two renowned musicians of Karnatic tradition, Palakkad has grabbed the attention from music lovers from across the country.

A Sightseer’s Haven – Tourist Places In And Around Palakkad

Palakkad is credited with a good number of sightseeing options including forts, temples, dams, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, parks and picturesque landscapes. Palakkad Fort and Jain Temple are of significant historical interest and draws travellers throughout the year.

Malampuzha dam and gardens, along with the amusement park situated in the area, serve as an excellent picnic spot. Nelliampathi Hill Station, Silent Valley National Park and Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary offer nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts with a delightful holidaying experience. Kanjirapuzha, Dhoni Waterfalls, Ottapalam, Kollengode Palace and Thenkurussi are other prominent destinations that demand a visit.

Palakkad enjoys good connectivity by rail and road and the climate of the region is pleasant throughout the year except for the summers. The rare amalgam of traditions, scenic stretches of landscapes, exceptional sightseeing options and the hues of festivities make Palakkad a much sought-after travel destination in South India.

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How to Reach Palakkad

  • By Road
    Palakkad town is well connected by road and buses are available from all the neighboring districts as well as some of the towns in Tamil Nadu. Kerala State Transport buses and private buses run regular services to towns and cities such as Coimbatore, Kochi, Calicut and Thrissur. Luxury and Volvo buses are available to Palakkad from Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and Chennai.
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  • By Train
    Palakkad Railway Junction also known as Olavakkode Junction is a major railhead in Kerala. It is well connected to all part of Kerala and the major cities of India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. After arriving at the railway station, travellers can hire taxis or auto rickshaws to reach the town which only 3 km away.
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  • By Air
    Palakkad does not have an airport. The nearest airport is located at Coimbatore which lies at a distance of about 50 km from the town of Palakkad. Taxi services are available from Coimbatore airport to Palakkad town. Those who travel by air can also consider Kochi International Airport (111 km) and Calicut International Airport (110 km).
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