Palakkad meaning "the forest of Pala trees" was named so because of the abundance of Pala Trees (AlsteriaScholaris) it once used to have. Pala tree, also called Devil's Tree (Yakshi Pala) is believed to be evil spirits' domicile because of its strong scented blooms at night. Folklores apart, Palakkad is a green paradise of hills, valleys, mountains, rivers, dams, forests and various irrigation projects

The major tourist attractions of the place are:

Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 AD and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a 285 square kilometres protected area in Chittur taluk. It is in the Sungam range of hills between the Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills. The sanctuary offers Trekking, Boating and a stay at Tree House with prior booking.

Malampuzha Dam

Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, located near Palakkad in south India with the scenic hills of the Western Ghats in the background. It is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1,849 metres and an earthen dam with a length of 220 metres. The dam is 6,066 feet high and crosses the Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathappuzha, Kerala's second longest river. The reservoir is supplemented withan amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and ropeway.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is located in the Nilgiri Hills, Palakkad District in Kerala, South India. The area in this national park was historically explored in 1847 by the botanist Robert Wight.


Nelliampathi is a popular hill station 60 km away from Palakkad. It is surrounded by tea and coffee plantations and has excellent weather conditions. The journey to Nelliampathi itself is an experience. There will be many waterfalls by the roadside during the rainy season.

Few other attractions

  • Jain Temple of Jainimedu
  • Attappady
  • Walayar Dam
  • Kollengode
  • Varahamoorthi Temple
  • Panniyur
  • Mayiladumpara Sanctuary