Palakkad lies at the foot of the Western ghats on the border of Kerala and Tamil nadu. This district is called the granary of Kerala. The district has mountains, streams, forests, fertile valleys, rivers saveral dams and irrigation projects.
How to reach
By Air - The nearest airport is Coimbatore, 55 kms from Palakkad
By Rail - There are two railway stations the main Palakkad junction is 5 kms from the city.
By Road - Connected by roads with major centers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it is 80 kms northeast of Thrissur and northwest of Coimbatore.
75 kms from palakkad along the banks of Bharatapuzha river, it has a Shiva temple. Kattilmadom temple on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road has archeological significance. The small granite structure a testimony of buddist influence built probably during the 9th or 10th century.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
It is 97 kms away from Palakkad. Sprawled across 285 sq.km. this Sanctuary is home to rare fauna. The oldest teak tree, Kannimari stands tall here. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Reservoir .
75 kms away the ranges here consist of a chain of ridges cut off from one anothery by valleys. The highest peak is Nellikotta. The forest contains teak of extraordinary height and girth. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom dot the ranges. At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat Road through the evergreen forest . This hill station 467 m to 1572 m above sea level.
Silent Valley park
A virgin forest 2 hours drive (40 kms) from Palakkad, to enter one needs permission from The District Forest officer. The 89.52 sq.km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forest in the Sahyadri Ranges.
A picnic spot in the lower hills of the western ghats 12 kms from Palakkad has a dam and a garden. Aerial ropeway across the garden. Telescope tower. Boating and fishing facilities. Swimming pool. Fresh water aquarium. Snake park.
The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766.
Winters in December to March and monsoons in May are the best time to go to Kerala. The day time temperature is about 32 degrees and night temperature drops to the lowest of 20 degrees. The hottest months are April, May and June, where the temperature soars above 36 degrees with high humidity.