Nelliyampathy situated southeast of the Palakkad. Nelliyampathy has all the attractions of dense and verdant forests that harbor exotic wildlife. At least 23 hairpin curves have to be traversed to reach this fascinating hill station of Kerala. It has several vantage viewpoints including Kesavan Para and Seethargundu, which are breathtakingly beautiful. (more…)
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Malampuzha Garden, a famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. Other attractions in the Malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the rope-way that takes you on an aerial tour of the park and the gigantic Yakshi (an enchantress) sculptured by Kanai Kunhiraman, the leading sculptor of Kerala. (more…)
Ever Since, I have seen the Malayalam film Bhramaram, longed to visit Mampara, amazing and adventurous spot where film was shot. Mampara peak is situated near to Nelliyampathy in Palakkad, Kerala. Nelliyampathy is 52 kms away from Palakkad. (more…)
Sree Chithrakoodam, a traditional Kerala homestay near Chittoorpuzha in Palakkad is an architectural marvel built of mud set on the banks of a gently flowing river amidst lush green paddy fields. (more…)
Silent Valley National Park is located 40 km northwest of Mannarkad in Palakkad district, the name owes its origin to the absence of the chirping of cicadas. The 89.52 sq. km Silent Valley National Park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges.
Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam based in Shoranur, Palakkad, was established a hundred years ago to preserve and promote the principles and practices of Ayurveda treatments worldwide. Working on charitable lines, the Samajam runs hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries, teaching and training programmes and R&D activities. (more…)
Santhigiri Ashram has established hospitals at Pothencode, Palakkad, Kallar, and Kottayam that follow Guru’s Nava Arogya Dharma Sidhantham in which all systems of medicine are encouraged. Santhigiri has patent medicines for rheumatism, arthritis, sprains, diabetes mellitus, spondylitis, asthma, obesity, psychosomatic disorders, migraines, sports injuries eye diseases, sinusitis, psoriasis and so on. Santhigiri Panchakarma Packages are highly effective for chronic diseases and for general rejuvenation. Santhigiri Panchakarma Centres have been established all over India including the metros and major cities. (more…)
Dhoni Hills situated at a distance of15 km from Palakkad is a three-hour trek from the base of the Dhoni hills. This reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall is delightfully beautiful. This hill station offers trekkers to explore its hilly terrains.
It is a ritualistic trekking. Thousands of pilgrims climb up the hill, Rairanellur Mala, approx. 500ft height, where an old temple of Durga is situated. The place is associated with the legend Naranath Branthan, an eccentric philosopher. Located near Onnamthiyathipadi bus stop between Koppam – Valanchery route in Palakkad – Malappuram border. Bhranthachalam temple on a huge rock near Thiruvegappura Panchayath office is another attraction.
Vijayadashami day is considered as the most divine day for Hindus to teach the first structure of language to kids. On this day kids in the age group of three, starts ceremonial study of the language Malayalam by helping them to write Hari Sree Ganapathaye Namah… in raw rice and also on their tongue using finger ring of gold under an Ezhuthassan (tradition teacher). Some of the important venues where this ceremony is held are: (more…)
Elappully Panchayat came out as the winner of the social reality show, Green Kerala Express, first of its kind in the country. This panchayat was the favourite among the 140-odd grama panchayats and bagged first prize of Rs 1 crore. (more…)
Ahalia Health and Heritage Campus is located in a beautiful landscape at the foot of the Western Ghats in Palakkad and houses the Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital and Ahalia Ayurvedic Hospital and treatment centre. (more…)
Parambikulam wild sanctuary in Annapadi, Palakkad district, Kerala was declared a Tiger Reserve Mr Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest who made the declaration said that this is the 38th tiger reserve in the country. The Total area of the Tiger Reserve is 643.66 sq km with a buffer zone of 225.3sq km. The Parambikulam Wild life Sanctuary with total area of 285 sq km has been expanded by adjacent forest areas from Nemara, Vazhachal and Chalakudy Forest Divisions. (more…)
Nestled in a setting of lush paddy fields and hills, Kalari Kovilakam of the CGH Earth Group in Kollengode, Palakkad is a two-and half hour drive through the countryside from the Cochin International Airport. Kovilakom,as the name suggests, was once a palace. It housed the daughters of the royal family of Vengunad, the traning ground for kerala,s renowned martrial art form, Kalaripayattu. Today, Kalari Kovilakom has been restored and recreated into a unique experience in wellness with modern facilities,but without compromising on the palace’s original spirit. (more…)
Poomully Mana, located in Peringode, Palakkad district, Kerala used to be the ancestral home of one of the richest and most powerful Namboothiri families in the State. The 500 tear old mana (house) stands today as a unique Heritage Centre forKerala Ayurveda, Yoga, Kalari, and other traditional art forms. (more…)
Palakkad about 160 kilometers away from Cochin, is blessed with great scenic splendor and abundant natural resources. It is the land of Pala Tree and Paddy fields. It is the hilly district devoid of any sea coast. Palakkad was the gateway to Kerala Tourism from the country years back. Etymologically, Palakkad derives its name from the Pala (alsteria scholaris) tree and kadu(forest), as it is said that the area was once full of Pala trees. It has played a key role in the cultural history of South India. The district set in the foot of majestic Western Ghats is unique in its geographical position, historical background, and tourist attractions. The colossal Western Ghats stretch over 960 km, in length, their continuity is only broken at Palakkad, known as “Palakkad Gap” with a width of 32km. On the either side of the “Palakkad Gap” are the imposing NIlgiri hills and Anamalai Hills. The climate of the district is highly influenced by the “Palakkad Gap” as it enables the north-east winds to pass through it. This phenomenon gives the benefit of both south-west and north-east winds resulting in rainfall to the district and it has aptly earned the epitaph of “Granary of Kerala” or the “Rice Bowl of Kerala”. The “Palakkad Gap” has also contributed immensely in the commercial and cultural exchanges between the State and other parts of India.
Palakkad Fort was built by Hyder Ali in 1766. The majestic granite fort, in the heart of the town, It is one of the best preserved forts of the state and is looked after by the Department of Archaeological Survey of India. A temple of Lord Hanuman is adjacent to the main entrance of the Fort. A museum of Archaeology is also functioning inside the Fort. Fort is surrounded by a trench. A jogging track parallel to the trench is provided for jogging in the morning and evening hours. The entire area is beautifully landscaped.
There is also very attractive small garden named Vatika with facilities for children’s entertainment is situated near the parking area of the Fort. Jain temple of Jainimedu, situated on the weastern suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 feet long, 20 feet wide granite temple displays images of the Jain thirtankras and its yaikshinis. The region around the temple known as Jainimedu is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived.
Malampuzha Garden: It is located 12km north of Palakkad town, on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. It is set amidst picturesque surroundings and beautiful picnic spots. The Malampuzha Dam, described as the ‘Temple of modern age” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. Beautiful rose gardens and amusement park for children have been set around the reservoir.”Yakshi”, the work of Kerala’s famous Sculptor Kanai Kunhiraman is also displayed in the garden. Boating, fishing and various water spot facilities are also available here. Malampuzha is also known as the headquarters of the inland fisheries activities of Kerala. Dhoni located 15km from Palakkad . There is a waterfall on top of the Dhoni hills, which could be reached by a 3 hour long trek from the bottom of the hills. Trekking is the best way to explore the splender of this hilly terrain. Dhoni is famous for its farm house with exotic rare breeds of cattle.
Nelliyampathy: The pleasant hill resort is situated 32km south of Palakkad. The lush valleys in the region are full of valuable teak plantations with extraordinary height and girth. The orange estates at Nelliyampathy hills produce high quality oranges which are very popular in Southern India. Nellikota or Padagiri is the highest peak of the region. There is a picnic spot near Sithargundu estate which offers aerial view of district is absolutely breathtaking.
Silent Valley National Park: This 89.52 sq km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley forest is that it is devoid even of the chiping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, near by 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into the Bharatapuzha. The river Kunthi descends from the Nilgiri hills above, an altitude of 2000 meters traverses the entire length of the valley and rushes down to the plains through a deep gorge. River Kunthi never turns brown; it is crystal clear, perennial and wild. The sanctuary has perhaps the countries last substantial stretch of evergreen rain forest. The key fauna includes elephant, tiger, lion tailed macaque etc.
Attapadi: Some blissful movements, a wonderful tribal experience is what Attapadi has in stock for a tourist. The villages of Agali, Sholayur and Puttur are located inside the remote jungles of Silent valley National park at a distance of about 50km from Palakkad. These small tribal hamlets nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats are one of the few areas are still frosen in the olden times. The natural beauty of these small Hamlets is further enhanced by the many frothy brooks that crisscross the mountainous terrains this is where one can truly experience the tribal life style untouched by urban developments. The inhabitants of the area meet their livelihood by hunting and gathering honey, fruits and herbs from the dense forests around, pretty much the same way their ancestors have don from times immortal.
Parambikulam Wild life Santuary: It lies 135 km from Palakkad via Pollachi and is one of the best wild life sanctuaries in the state. The sanctuary covers an area of 285 sq km around the Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Peruvaripalam dams, forming a part of the neighboring Annamalai sanctuary in Tamil nadu. IT is home to varied wikld life species like Gaur(Bison), sambar, spotted deer, Nilagiri Langur, Lion tailed Macaque, sloth bear etc.
Kollengode: It is the abode of blacksmiths enshrines the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace, the Vishnu Temple and the Poet P.Kunhiraman Nair Memorial are worth visiting. The Kollengode Palace has now been converted into a luxury hotel complete with an Ayurvedic Spa. The place is also home to the famous Indian writer & UN personality Mr. Shashi Taroor.
Thritala: The place is famous for its monuments and historic ruins. The Shiva temple and ruins of a mud fort on the Chalissery road are of considerable cultural importance. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road is of great archaeological importance.
Pothundi Reservoir lies 45 km from Palakkad and is famous for the the scenic location is a popular picnic site.
Chittur: It is located 15km south east of Palakkad,is known for the ‘Konganpada festival’ held every year on the 1st Monday after the dark lunar night in kumbhom (feb-mar).The festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of nairs of kochi over the militia of Konganadu.”The Tunchath Acharya Madam”, located here is belied to have founted by Tuchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan The father of Malayalam literature, Chittur is also known for Kora grass, mat making. The granite carving is a rare craft which can be seen in the chittur taluk. (more…)
Dhoni waterfalls is situated in Palakkad district of Kerala. It is just 12 km from Palakkad town. The ideal time to visit waterfall is soon after monsoon. During monsoon waterfalls are full and overflow as a stream and join Malampuzha Dam. From Dhoni waterfalls only 5 km trekking through forest to reach Malampuzha.
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort in Palakkad is a unique paradise, blending the comfort of a luxurious Kerala Tourism holiday with a total health orientation in 30 exclusive villas conforming to “Vaastu Shastra”, each in a distinctive design blending with the surroundings of herbs and trees. (more…)
We have designed this trekking Programme through evergreen and moist forests of western ghats. This is rough & tough than dry forest trek.
The Parambikulam wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best protected wildlife enclave in south India. Several rivers flow across the park. The park is famous for its teak plantations. You will also find sandalwood, rosewood, bamboo growing in abundant inside the sanctuary. The Kannimari teak tree is the largest of all grows here, and a major must see thing in the park. The flora and fauna here comprises of sloth beras,tigers, elephants, etc and 140 odd species of birds. (more…)
After Palakkad and Thrissur, now Ernakulam has been declared complete Electrified District by the State Government. Chief Minister Shri V.S Achutanandan was supposed to make the declaration of Ernakulam district totally electrified at a function taken place at Piravam Kochupally Ground on February 20th, 2011. But in his absence A.K Balan made the declaration. He also read out a message from the Chief Minister, during the function. Electrification of all house holds in the district was completed. Elaborate arrangements are there ahead of the function. Exhibition on science and technology, cultural programmes,debates and seminars on various topics have been organised in connection with the programme. An amount of Rs.12.85 crore has been already spent for power infrastructure development in the district. (more…)