Palakkad city is a gateway to Kerala from the North. Tours To Palakkad features among one of the ancient places in Kerala. Palakkad is replete with many places of considerable tourist interest. Therefore your Kerala Palakkad Tours travel is bound to be an eventful one. The city of Palakkad is well linked with almost all the main cities and states of India. There are all means of proper transportation to and from the entire part of the nation. Airways, railways and roadways operate regularly here.
The history of Palakkad dates back to the Paleolithic age. The land was conquered by the Perumal rulers in the first millennium AD. The land was further divided into smaller divisions by the Perumal governors. Palakkad has also been mentioned by the Malabar Manual as one of the Malabar regions. The town has also been host to a war fought by the King of Palakkad in 988 AD to stop the invading army of King of Kongunadu at Chittur. This land of legendary significance has evolved as a tourist attraction in the 21st century.
Palakkad City Major Tourist Attraction
Palakkad Fort : One of the best-preserved forts in Kerala, Palakkad Fort was built by Haider Ali, but was taken over and renovated by the British in 1790. The walls of the fort relate the story of British invasion during the reign of Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali’s successor. The fort is an architectural marvel since it is built in European architectural style with large fortress and gothic minarets. Recently, a children’s park is built alongside the fort for kids to indulge in fun and excitement.
Chittur Gurumadam : Located on the banks of River Sokanasini, Chittur Gurumadam is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of “Adhyatma Ramayana”, who spent his last days here. Some idols worshipped by him, wooden slippers, a stylus, and few old manuscripts are displayed here. Children, who haven’t started learning or going to schools, are brought to Chitur Gurumadam on the auspicious day of Vijayadasami, for a ritualistic initiation into learning and to invoke the blessings from the traditional Muses of learning.
Thenaruvi: It is a natural spring located near the famous Sri Rama temple in Palakkad. It is believed that the water from this natural spring is as sacred as the water from the River Ganges. Pilgrims flock to this natural spring to taste the holy water.
Kalpathy Temple : The Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple is situated 3 km from Palakkad. The annual ‘Ratholsavam’, or Chariot Festival, at Sree Viswanantha Swamy Temple is a gala even that is observed across seven days. During this festival, the streets are jam-packed with followers and worshippers who wish to earn the honor of pulling the chariot. The festival is a grand and colorful event, buzzing with heavy tourist traffic during the seven festive days.
Silent Valley national park – Recently recognized as a national park, the silent Valley is the only remaining patch of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. The Silent Valley spans an area of nine thousand hectares. One striking feature of the Valley is the presence of the massive wild tree of the Kattuaiying variety that is hollow from within and can fit approximately twelve people in it.
Dhoni Falls– Your next stopover in Palakkad travel can very well be this reserve forest. This forest exudes an enchanting beauty and the sight of the gorgeous cascading waterfall is simply breathtaking. Dhoni is also renowned for its farm house that nurtures hundreds of cattle of the Swiss variety.
Udan khatola – South India’s only Passenger Ropeway. Fly over the garden at 60 ft. height to have the best panoramic view of the beautiful gardens nestled below the Blue Mountains. Unique by nature, extremely safe and economical too, you are assured that this twenty minutes sky ride in Palakkad will be an unforgettable experience.
Melampuzha Dam – Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats takes its name from the river Malampuzha. Nurtured by this tributary of Kerala’s longest river, the Bharathappuzha, Malampuzha is a lush green town and has been a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam.
Popularly referred to as the Vrindavan of Kerala, this place is the perfect example of the beauty and grace that is manifest when the loftiness of the mountains blends harmoniously with the tranquility of the rivers. The verdant fields, the beds of flowers, the sparkling pools and the fountains enhance the appeal of the place. The fresh water aquarium, the snake park and the Children’s park are the additional draws. Malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway 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.
Perambikulam – Its claim to fame is the wildlife sanctuary that provides asylum to a rare variety of wild animals. There are innumerable dams and reservoirs in Perambikulam. You can enjoy a casual boat cruise in the Perambikulam reservoir. Lodging facilities are offered in Thellikkal and Elanthode and a tree-house in Thoonakkadavu.
Tours To Palakkad features among one of the ancient places in Kerala. Palakkad is replete with many places of considerable tourist interest. Therefore your Kerala Palakkad Tours travel is bound to be an eventful one
Festivals of Palakkad
Palakkad is also a place of temple festivals. The temples that dot the landscape of Palakkad have carved their own niche’ in the arts & culture of this region.
Kalpathy Car Festival (Kalpathy Ratholsavam)
Kalpathy Viswanatha swamy temple is the oldest Siva temple in Malabar. It was build around 1425 AD. by Kombi Achan, the then Raja of Palakkad. Kalpathy Car Festival is based on vedic Tamil Brahmin culture. The main centre of the festival is Kalpathy Sree Viswanathaswamy temple.
Pattambi Nercha : Pattambi Mosque, situated 61 km from Palakkad, is a witness to the annual feast that falls in the first week of the month of February. About 70-80 tuskers line up for the festival, which is a true marveling sight to experience. A number of tourists and worshippers from across the globe throng this place. The ambiance that changes entirely from a serene mosque to a gala event is a spectacular phenomenon to capture. At dusk, the whole town is lighted beautifully, followed by the beginning of the festivities with traditional musical emerging from traditional instruments, like ‘Panchavadyam’ and ‘Thayambaka’. Various art forms are displayed by professional traditional performers on the banks of River Bharathappuzha.
Manappullikavu Vela is a major festival held every year at the Manappullikkavu Bhagavathy Temple. It is believed that the temple is about 1200 years old. It is different from other Bhagavathy Temples by way of rites and rituals. Namboodiries, that is, the Kerala Brahmins perform the daily rituals according to tantric traditions. Both Saiva and Vaishnava traditions are observed in the poojas.
Nenmara Vallengi Vela
Nenmara-Vallengi Vela is a renowned festival of Palakkad attracting people from far and wide. It is held annually on the Pooram day of the Malayalam month Meenam. The Festival starts with the hoisting the sacred flag.
Shopping in Palakkad
The markets in Palakkad offer the right option for people to shop. There is a big bazaar that sells items like traditional bells, peacock villakus, thooku or hanging villakus, nilavillakus and utensils. Other items to be shopped for can be Travancore saris, souvenirs and jewellery.
Palakkad, being a small town in Kerala, offers not many but few and good hotels that suit the budget of any tourist. These hotels are well furnished and have air conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms and other services. They are set in an environment that instills peace and relaxation. Some of the budget hotels here are:
The nearest airport for this city is the Coimbatore Airport at a distance of about 55 km from the city. The airport of Cochin is another nearer Airport for this city and it is 160 km south of the city. Common railway station for this city is the Palakkad, Ottapalam and the Shoranur. These stations provide good access to this city from all over the nation. Bus, taxi and other roadway services do operate with remarkable importance. With so many natural endowments to flaunt, your Palakkad travel is bound to be a memorable one.
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