The district Palakkad is also called as the granary of Kerala because it is the largest producer of rice in Kerala. This is the district that has 136257 hectare of reserve forest including the Silent Valley. This place is located at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is one of the religious centers in the state. The river Bharathpuzha, Nila for poets played a crucial role in developing the cultural and religious background. The famous pilgrimage centers are situated on the shores of the river. Here are some of the must visit places.
Palakkad Fort- This is an old granite fort located at the very heart of Palakkad town and it is one of the best preserved place in Kerala. This place was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. It was taken over by Britisj in 1790. The place is now preserved by the Archeological Survey of India.
Malampuzha Garden- It is the famous picnic spot that comprises of a dam and beautifully landscaped garden, and is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. There are a frequent buses that visits this place.
While you are in Palakkad, you are only around 50 km away from the hill resort of Nelliyampathy and its is well known for luscious oranges and wild life trails among other reasons. A drive along the hair pen bends is a visual delight as it offers some of the splendid moments for you in the form of lush green orchards, paddy fields, rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls. The place remains one of the lesser known hill stations that make it quiet and tranquil. It is a popular trekking spot and the hill ranged are at a height of 467 meters to 1572 meters are well cut for adventure sports.
Another must visit place is Silent Valley National Park, it is spread across an area of 90 sq.km. It is the only evergreen forest in the Western Ghats and it a home to many endangered species like lion tailed macaques.Some of the other places to have a look in Palakkad is the tribal hamlet of Attappady, which is nestled inside the forests. You can enjoy some of the cherished moments of a rue tribal experience in Attapadi where the inhabitants live the way their ancestors did.
Thrithala- This place is noted for the monuments and historic ruins. The Siva temple and ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery road are notable monuments.
Originally posted 2013-05-16 19:29:38.