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Tourist hot spots in Palakkad


This fort was built by Hyder Ali in 1766 and used by Tipu Sulthan's army as cantonment. It is the best preserved fort in Kerala, located in the town. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790.

Jain temple

The ancient Theerthankara Jain temple is located near the Railway station at Jainimedu. It is 32*29 ft granite temple.

Kalpathy Vishwanatha temple

Famous for the chariot festival (Ratholsavam) in November (14 to 15th 2009), located near the Railway station.


Ancient temple having wooden and stone work, 10 km from Palakkad.

Malampuzha Dam

It is a large irrigation dam built on the river, Bharathapuzha at the base of the hills of the Western Ghats. This popular picnic spot has a dam, ropeway and a beautiful garden (illuminated on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 to 8 pm), Yakshi by Kanai Kunjiraman, children's park, road train and a swimming pool, located 10 km from Palakkad. Boating in the reservoir is available. Other tourist attractions are aquarium, snake park, rock garden (10 am to 6 pm) and a telescope tower.

Fantasy water park : Entry Rs 30, Open from 11 am to 9 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and national Holidays.

Dhoni hill

This beautiful place with cascades is suited for trekking. It is a 3 hour trek from the base of the hill to the near by forest area. Located 15 km from Palakkad.

Thiruvegappura Sankaranaraya temple : Ancient temple with a kootambalam.


A place with pristine village beauty. It has a palace, Vishnu temple and the Kujiraman Nair memorial to visit. Trekking options are Sitharkundu and Govindamalai hills. Kollengode is 20 km from Palakkad.


It is a beautiful place with waterfalls at Nelliampathy.


This fascinating hill station at 1572 m ASL is 40 km from Nemnara. The road has 10 hairpin curves in the ever green forest of the Sahyadris. Sitharkundu is the main view point (highest point) and trekking option. DTPC has 6 double rooms and 2 dormitories (Ph : 0491 2538996). It is famous for the Orange plantations.

Pothundy dam

A popular picnic spot, 45 km from Palakkad on the Nelliampathy route.

Deer park

A mini zoo having elephant safari, 22 km from Palakkad near Walayar.


This grove has a large number of peacocks, 30 km from Palakkad.


It has a dam, beautiful garden and an aquarium, 32 km from Palakkad.


It is a beautiful place with waterfalls, 37 km from Palakkad.

Vettila chola

This ever green forest is 47 km from Palakkad.

Silent Valley National park

This scenic rain forest area with a wildlife sanctuary, 80 km from Palakkad via Mannarcad. Mukkali on the Attapady road is the entry point. It is popularly known as the evergreen forest and noted for its eerie silence because of the lack of cicadas. It is an important biosphere reserve in the Western Ghats and Home of the tribal people. The Valley known for the rare lion-tailed macaque. This National Park is a protected area for tigers also.

Mukkali is the roadhead, 19 km from Mannarkad (hourly bus from 6 am). The rest 23 km has to be travelled by jeep to reach the source of Kunthipuzha (Jeep Rs 800). Prior telephonic booking (Ph : 04924 253225) is required for entry.


A beautiful tribal inhabited virgin land, 38 km from Mannarkad. Agali is the main town with accommodation. Malleeswaram peak is worshipped by trbals and Shivratri is the main festival. There is buses from Mannarkad to Anakatti via Agali.

Pattambi palli

It is a major Muslim pilgrim centre famous for the annual nercha. Ongallur Taliyil Siva temple is located near Pattambi, has the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.


Siva temple on Chalissery road, Kattil mandapam temple on Pattambi-Guruvayur road etc. Pattambi is the nearest railway station. Ancient illam of Agni Hotri, near Kuttipuram (75 km from Palakkad).


A hill having Naranathu bhranthan's statue. On Thulam 1, devotees climb the hill.

Mangalam dam

A scenic place with garden, statues, wildlife sanctuary etc, 50 km from Palakkad.

Chulliar dam

40 km from Palakkad.

Shirivani dam

48 km from Palakkad.


This cave is 2 km from Thiruvillamala temple. Entry to the cave is permitted on Guruvayur Ekadasi day.

Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary

The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is 135 km from Palakkad and adjacent to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Sprawling over 285 sq. km. Besides an abode of elephants, wild boar, sambar, bison, guar, crocodiles, and a few tigers and panthers, it has rich diversity of flora and fauna. Trekking in the forest is allowed with prior permission. Boating can be done at the lake. Forest Rest houses are at Thoonakkadavau, Thellickal, Anappady for stay - 0492-453225.

This sanctuary has dams at Parambikulam, Perivarappallam and Thunakadavu. Thoonakkadavau reservoir has boating. Ph : 04253 277233. The entry is through Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. It is 110 km from Palakkad. The Asia’s largest teak tree (oldest) - kannimara - is near Thunakadavu and is the main attraction besides the wild animals.

Can be reached from Palakkad via Pollachi, Annamalai or from Chalakudy via Annamalai.


Nemnmara Vellengi Vela : Celebrated with fireworks at Nellikulangara Bhagavathy temple (Feb/March).

Vela at Manappulli kavu Bhagavathy temple (March).

Kaalapoottu : Ox race in Makaram (Jan).

Pattambi nercha : Muslim festival in Jan/Feb.

Sree Chinakkathoor temple pooram : A great festival in February.

Priyanampetta Bhagavathy temple : A great festival in February - Elephant procession, Tholpavakkothu, Kalamezhuthupattu, pootham, Thira/Theyyam, Karivela, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Kathakali, Chakyarkuthu etc.

Contact DTPC Ph : 0491 253 8996

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