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 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 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
- Walayar Dam
- Varahamoorthi Temple
- Mayiladumpara Sanctuary