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 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological
Survey of India. Malampuzha Garden (10 km from Palakkad):
This famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully
landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of
the Western Ghats. There are frequent buses to this
place from Palakkad. Fantasy Park:(1400 - 2100 hrs on week days and
1100 - 2100 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays).
Ph: 815122 815124 Entrance fee: Adults Rs. 20 Children
Rs. 10. Separate charges for rides and computer games.
Block tickets: Adults Rs. 80 Children Rs. 60 Pothundy(45 km from Palakkad): Situated
on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex
is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.
Thiruvalathoor (10 km from Palakkad) :
The ancient temple here has some fine wood work and
stone sculptures. Dhoni (15 km from Palakkad): It takes
a three hour trek from the base of the Dhoni hills to
reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful
waterfall. Kottayi :(15 km via Poodur from Palakkad):
This tiny village is the native place of the late Chembai
Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.
Kollengode (19 km south of Palakkad) :
Kollengode or the abode of blacksmiths enshrines the
pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace,
the Vishnu Temple and the poet P. Kunhiraman Nair Memorial
are worth visiting. Seethakundu and Govindamalai hills
near Kaachankurichi are ideal for adventurous trekkers.
Lakkidi (30 km from Palakkad): Killikkurissimangalam
at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the
18th century satirist and exponent of the Tullal (classical
art form). The poet's house has been preserved as a
monument by the State Government. Meenkara(32 km from Palakkad): This
picnic spot is the site of a dam across the river Gayathri
which flows into the Bharathapuzha. Ottappalam(35 km from Palakkad): The
town is known for its numerous places of worship and
their colourful festivals. Durga Temple the Pooram at
Chenakkathur the Nercha festival commemorating the Aulia.
Thrithala (75 km from Palakkad): This
place is noted for its monuments and historic ruins.
The Siva Temple and the ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala
on the Chalissery road are notable cultural monuments.
The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument
on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road, is of great archaeological
importance. It is believed to date back to the 9th/10th
century AD. The Paakkanaar memorial, honouring the Pariah
saint, stands near Thrithala Koottanad road. This is
also the native place of renowned writer and social
reformer VT Bhattathiripad.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (110 km from
Palakkad): Sprawled across 285 sq. km, the
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare wild
animals. Boating/cruising facilities are available at
the Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State
Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady
offer accommodation. A tree house in the reserve forest
area in Thoonakkadavu has to be booked in advance. The
oldest teak tree, kannimari is found here. Siruvani (46 km north of Mannarkad and 48 km
from Palakkad): The reservoir at Siruvani was
built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet
the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore. The gateways
on either side of the road across the dam are typical
of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani
is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and
Irulars. Festivals/Art forms Kalpathi Ratholsavam: Annual chariot
festival at Viswanatha Temple (November ) Vela at Manappulli Kavu: Annual festival
at the Bhagavathy Temple (March) Kanniyarkali: An art form exclusive
to the Nair community of the district of Palakkad, Kanniyarkali is performed in temples
as well as Nair centres (March/April) Nenmara Vallengy Vela: Annual festival
at the Bhagavathy Temple at Nellikkulangara near Nenmara,
on the Pooram day of the Malayalam month of Meenam (February/March).
Highlight: Fireworks displays Pavakkoothu: This shadow play is performed
at the Bhagavathy temples of Palakkad (March/April)
Kaalapoottu: This exciting ox race
is an agrarian sport held in the Malayalam month of
Makaram (January). Konganpada of Chittur: Annual festival
of ritual drama at the Chittur Kavu Bhagavathy temple
(February /March) Pattambi Nercha: The festival is conducted
in memory of Aloor Valia Pookkunjikoya Thangal, noted
Muslim saint of South Malabar (January - February)