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Palakkad

The granary of Kerala

The district of Palakkad known as the granary of Kerala, is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Situated at the foot of the western ghats, this is the gateway to Kerala from the north. 

Palakkad derives its name from Malayalam words Pala and Kadu (forest), which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet scented flowers of the Pala tree.

Silent Valley National Park

40 km from Mannarkkad, Palakkad. The Silent Valley contains India's last substantial stretch of tropical evergreen rain forests and it is perhaps the only vestige of a near virgin forest in the whole of the Western Ghats. 

Elephants, tigers, wild dog, flying squirrel and lion-tailed macaque are found here. Vehicular traffic is allowed upto Mukkali from Mannarghat. From Mukkali one has to cover at least 24 km on foot to reach the source of river Kuntipuzha, which flows through the valley.

The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Silent Valley National Park. Despite its name, the Silent Valley (the clamour of Cicadas is conspicuously absent here) echoes with the sounds of teeming wildlife. The denizens of this sprawling habitat of endangered virgin tropical forests include rare birds, deer and tiger.

Located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats, the Silent Valley National Park holds a valuable reserve of rare plants and herbs. The park is rich in its wildlife, and elephants, lion-tailed macaques and tigers are the most common denizens of this park. 

A visit to this park should be considered a lifetime experience, as this is the last representative virgin tract of tropical evergreen forests in India. Perhaps, nowhere else can one also find such a representative collection of peninsular mammals, over a 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moths and other fauna like the Ceylon Frog Moth, Great Indian Hornbill, the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush and the Lion-tailed Macaque.

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikulam has one of the largest population of gaur (bison). Sambar, spotted deer, jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque, common otter, sloth bear etc. are the other inhabitants. There are also a few tigers and leopards. Facilities for boarding and lodging are available at the sanctuary. 

The oldest teak tree, kannimari is found here. There are forest rest houses at Thunacadavu, Thellikkal and Elathode. Motor transport and boat cruise can be arranged on request. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu lies adjacent.

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Malampuzha Garden 

This famous picnic spot, which comprises of a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. The Rose Garden has over a hundred varieties of roses .An aerial ropeway across the garden. 


Nelliyampathy 

75 kms from Palakkad. Nelliampathy is blessed with a rich population of elephants, Bison and Hill Squirrels. This high range hamlet is charming with its thick evergreen forests, tea and orange plantations. 

Just 75 kms drive from Palakkad, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valley of dense evergreen forests. Seetha kund and kesavanpara are interesting spots in Nelliyampathy.

Travel from Palakkad to Nelliyampathy is highly satisfying as you covers a dozen hairpin curves through the jungles of sahya mountain ranges. Pothundi reservoir 17 kms from Palakkad in Nelliyampathy route is an ideal stop over.

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Attappady 

A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers, and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes likes the Irulas and Mudugars. 

The tribals who also celebrate the Sivarathiri festival with great gusto worship the Malleeswaram peak as a gigantic Sivalinga. 

Jain Temple of Jainimedu

Situated on the western 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 Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. 

The region around the temple, known as Jainimedu, is one of the few laces in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poet Veenapoovu (The fallen flower).

Palakkad Fort 

The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1970. The Archaeological Survey of India now preserves it. 

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