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“Rice Bowl Of Kerala”- Palakkad

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Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala from the north. Palakkad was known as Palghat during British rule.Palakkad district has its own special characteristics. Palakkad is known as the Granary of Kerala. The name was later changed from Palghat to Palakkad by the government of Kerala.The district has vast stretches of lush green paddy fields, with tributaries of Bharathapuzha river criss-crossing it. Ironically, once upon a time it was also the largest producer of Paddy in the state, popularly called ‘Nellara’ or the grain warehouse of Kerala. Those days have gone by long ago.

Palakkad Attractions:

1.Tipu Sulthan Fort

Tipu’s Fort, also known as Palakkad Fort.Stands in the heart of Palakkad town. Palakkad is a small town on the lower edges of the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats, with patches of dense forests and crisscrossed with rivers.
The Palakkad Fort is said to have existed from very ancient times, but believed to be constructed in present form in 1766A.D. But little is known of its early history. The local ruler, Paliyath Achchan was originally a tributary of the Zamorin. But had become independent before the beginning of the eighteenth century.

2..Malampuzha Dam And Rock Garden

a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats takes its name from the River Malampuzha. Nurtured by this tributary of Kerala’s longest river. The Bharathapuzha, Malampuzha is a lush green town is a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam.

The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials. The garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

3.Nelliapathy Hills

The height of the hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m.To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy. From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold.

Privately owned hotels and resorts are located at various points  as one goes up the hills of Nelliyampathy. The bio-farms located here are a major landmark as one proceeds up before reaching the topmost point at Palagapandi estate. The estate has a quaint bungalow, built during the period of the British rule in India, and has now been converted into a private owned resort. At Kaikatty, a community hall is available, which is usually used as a base by those interested in trekking.

4.Kalpathy (Kalpathy Ratholsavam)

Start date: 14-11-2017
End date: 16-11-2017
Venue:      Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Kalpathi.

Kalpathi is a traditional Tamil Brahmin settlement in Kerala. The temple dedicated to Lord  Shiva or Viswanatha is believed to be 700 years old. The annual chariot festival usually falls in the month of November. During the festival days the entire Kalpathi will be teeming with devotees and visitors from near and far. Vedic recitals and cultural programmes render a unique ambience for the place.

5 Siruvani Dam

Siruvani dam is a dam at Palakkad District. Located 46 km away from Palakkad town.This dam constructed across the Siruvani River. Is for supplying drinking water to the city of Coimbatore in Tamilnadu. The dam is surrounded by reserve forests. Muthikulam hill is situated on the eastern side of the dam. There is a natural waterfall in the hill. The waterfalls and the Dam are big tourist attractions. The famous 150-year-old Pattiyar Bungalow is on the banks of the Siruvani Reservoir.

6. Silent Valley

The Silent Valley National Park with an area of 237. 52 sq km. Located in the Northeastern corner of Palakkad district. It rises abruptly to the Nilgiri Plateau in the North and overlooks the plains of Mannarkkad in the South. Extremely fragile, a unique preserve of tropical evergreen rain forests which is a veritable nursery of flora and fauna, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

7.Parambikulam Wild life Sanctuary

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a well protected ecological portion in the Nelliampathy. Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. It is located in the Palakkad District of Kerala. It is one of the biodiversity hot spot in the world supports diverse habitat types and endemism. Considering its bioalogical richness, abundance of wildlife and landcape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. It was declared as Tiger Reserve during 2009 with total area of 643.66 SqKm, which includes core area of 390.89 and 252.77 Sq Km Buffer area.

 

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