Palakkad District is in Malabar, Kerala, India. The population is 2.8 million and the density is 627 people per sq.km. Palakkad Gap is the only place where Kerala is not shielded by the Western Ghats mountain ranges.
- 1 Palakkad, the district headquarters
- 2 Agali Hills, Hill station on Coimbatore road
- 3 Alathur,
- 4 Chittur, Hindu cultural centre
- 5 Malampuzha — famous Malampuzha Gardens
- 6 Mannarkkad, riverside town
- 7 Ottappalam, paddyfield paradise
- 8 Pattambi, riverside town
- 9 Shornur, the railway town
- 1 Attappadi , tribal settlements near Agali.
- Nelliampathy Hills: Undulating tea estate and chilly climate with good accommodation available.
- 2 Silent Valley National Park, Kerala — largest national park in Kerala that is virtually an undisturbed natural area that is home to several endangered or rare species of birds, plants and animals. Sairandhri hosts the visitor center for this park
The culture of Palakkad district is unique because it is not pure Kerala culture. Centuries of coexistence with the Tamil culture across the Palakkad Gap has given it a unique Tamil flavor.
Three wheelers charge ₹15 per km and buses are cheap @ ₹7 per for 3 km. Air-conditioned jeeps and cars are available at ₹1,000 for a day.
- Attappady — Tribal villages. 38 km Home of Irulas and Mudugars
- Chulanur Peacock Sanctuary —
- Dhoni Reserve Forest — 15 km
- Jain temple — near the Railway Station
- Killikkurussimangalam — a cultural centre
- Malampuzha Gardens — 15 km
- Mahadeva Kshetram (Kiillikkurussimangalam) —
- Meenvallam Water Falls (Kalladikode) —
- Nelliyampathi — 'Ooty of Kerala' hill station.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary — 135 km
- Pothundi Dam — with a garden and good views
- Sholayar Forest — Coffee and Tea estates
- Silent Valley National Park — 80 km. 'Evergreen forest' with many rare species
- Tippus Fort — 1 km
- Walayar Dam — 25 km.
Palakkad is known for Tamil Nadu style food. The restaurants of Palakkad have issues with hygiene and travelers should take necessary precautions. European food is available only in expensive hotels and resorts.
There are few decent bars/lounges/pubs/clubs.
- Palakkad district is vulnerable to attacks from an Indian communist group called Maoists. Recently they attacked the ticket counter of Silent Valley National Park, Mukkali. As the Maoists are armed and dangerous, be careful when you trek in lonely areas.
- Leeches are common in the hills. Carry some table salt to pour on them if any get on you. They do not like salt and will release their grip.