Rivers of Palakkad


with her tributaries, sprawls across the entire district. The river takes its origin from Anamalai hills and flows through the districts of Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur before emptying into the Arabian sea at Ponnani. Its four main tributaries are Gayatripuzha, Kannadipuzha, Kalpathypuzha and Thuthapuzha.


This river originates from Anamalai hills and after traversing through Kollengode, Nanmara, Alathur, Wadakkancherry and pazhayannur, joins Bharathappuzha at Mayannur. This tributary has five main sub- tributaries. They are Managalam river, Ayalurpuzha, Vandazhipuzha, Meenkara puzhas and chulliyar.


It is also known as Chitturpuzha or Amaravathi puzha. This river, which also starts from the Anamalai hills, flows through Thathamangalam and Chittur and joins the main river at Parli. Three main streams combine to form this river. They are Palar, Aliyar and Uppar.


This river starts from the place called Chenthamarakulam in the hills, north of Walayar. This is also known as Korayar. Kalpathypuzha is formed by four streams, viz.,Korayar, Varattar, Walayar and Malapuzha.


Thuthapuzha other wise known as Pilanthol river, starts from the Silent Valley hills and joins the main river about two kilometers. off Pallippuram railway station. The important streams, which feed this tributary, are Kunthipuzha, Kanjirapuzha, Ambankadavu and Thuppanadipuzha.

The length of Bharathapuzha is 374.40 kms and its catchment area is 6186sq.kms.

The Bhavani river originates from the Kunda mountains in the Nilgiris, makes a circuitous course through the Attappady valley and returns to the shadow of Nilgiri mountains. The catchments area of the Bhavani river within Kerala is 220sq.miles yielding an annual run off of 27,000million cubic feet of water. Of the rivers of Kerala, Bhavani river is one among the three which prefers Bay of Bengal to the Arabian sea.