Palakkad is a small hilly town in Central Kerala. Tourists from the country visit the destination for its beautiful valleys and trekking trails. If you are planning a trip to Palakkad this year, there are certain things you may want to know. Here is a list of Palakkad tourist places you may find interesting to visit.
When to visit Palakkad
Palakkad is known as ‘The Gateway to Kerala’ and the weather is amiable in the town throughout the year. The summers may get a bit hot and the monsoon is pretty intense, making it challenging to travel inter-city. Therefore, the best time to visit Palakkad is from November to February.
How to reach Palakkad?
By air: Coimbatore International airport is the nearest airport to Palakkad, located at a distance of about 55 KM from the main city. From the airport, you can avail a taxi or bus to reach Palakkad.
By rail: The Palakkad Junction or otherwise known as Palakkad Town Railway Station is the city’s railway connection to the rest of the country. You can take a train that connects the city to all the major cities of Kerala, along with cities like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
By road: Palakkad is connected through Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and some private travel services to cities like Cherpulassery (44 KM), Coimbatore (54 KM), Thrissur (67 KM) and Kochi (145 KM).
12 best tourist places in Palakkad
Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley National Park is known for its rich fauna. The reserve acts as a habitat for many endangered animals in the region. The surrounding rainforest provides dense woods that are perfect for conserving several species of wildlife.
You can visit the National park located at a distance of 46 KM from the main city, which can be covered by road easily via local transport, between 6:45 A.M. and 2:45 P.M. all days of the week except on Fridays as the Park is closed on Fridays. The timings for a Safari through the park are between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M.
The entry fee per adult is Rs 50. If you want to take a jeep into the park, that will take you about Rs 1,600 and can carry up to 5 passengers. Additional charges of Rs 150 for a tour guide, Rs 200 for a video camera and Rs 25 for a still camera may also be applied.
An ancient temple in the city’s heart, Vaddakkanthara temple is one of the holiest spots of all the places to visit in Palakkad. Dedicated to Goddess Bhagvaty in her complete indolic form, the temple acts as a symbol of cultural importance in the state.
You can visit the temple between 04:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
The Tiger is one of the most exotic animals in the world. The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Palakkad is one of the country’s most prestigious Tiger reserves that serve as a home for endangered species. For people that travel to Palakkad, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is one of the most popular tourist places in Palakkad. The tiger reserve is 46 km from the city centre that can be travelled via local transport or personal taxi.
You can visit the reserve between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM any day of the week.
The entry fee for light vehicles into the reserve is Rs 50 and for heavy vehicles, it is Rs 150.
Although a small drive away from the main city of Palakkad, Ottapalam, also known as the “The Land of Palm Trees” is a beautiful hilly town to visit from Palakkad. Moreover, the town has had great significance in the history and political conflicts of the region.
You will have to travel a distance of 30 km from Palakkad city centre to reach Ottapalam.
A stunning view for a relaxing evening can be spent at the Seethargundu Viewpoint in Palakkad. The view at the top is remarkable and you can enjoy the trekking trail winding through the lush green hills of the valley.
You can travel 26 km from the city centre by local transport to reach Seethargundu Viewpoint.
The place to explore the historical background of the town is Palakkad Fort. Built in 1776 AD by Hyder Ali, the monument is a significant point of interest to the Archaeological Survey of India. Here you can know about the history of the region from a well-preserved historical monument.
Located at the heart of the city, you can visit the fort between 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Although there is no entry fee required, additional charges of Rs 20 for a Still camera and Rs 50 for a video camera may be applicable.
At a distance of nearly 38 km from the town of Palakkad, Kanjirapuzha is a stunning town full of dense lush greenery from the evergreen forest in Vettila Chola. Another place to visit in Kanjirapuzha is a dam that you can go sightseeing at.
Surrounded by dense evergreen forests and meadowy hills, the Mangalam dam is the point of irrigation for the town of Palakkad. The still clear water can be very relaxing to look at; you can visit the dam as a sightseeing spot.
Another village near Palakkad is the small serene village of Dhoni. In Dhoni, you can enjoy beautiful Dhoni waterfalls amidst the Western Ghats of the state. There are also some beautiful trekking trails you can enjoy in Dhoni.
The town of Kava has a gorgeous lake in the middle of the beautiful hills made up by the Western Ghats in the northern part of Kerala. You can spend your time sightseeing and camping in Kava for some days and explore the natural beauty of the town.
Fantasy Park is an exciting amusement and water park in the town of Palakkad. You can spend your time here enjoying the rides and the delicious food and spend a fun and exciting evening with your family.
You can visit the park between 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.
There is an entry fee of Rs 650 for adults, Rs 500 for children and Rs 450 for senior citizens.
If you are a fan of wildlife and nature, Attappadi is the place to be. It is a small town that is located at the base of the valleys that surround Palakkad. The Attappadi reserve forest is a place to explore flora and fauna of the region in Attappadi.
What is an ideal trip duration to visit Palakkad?
The best time to enjoy Palakkad to its fullest is 3N2D.
What are some recommended restaurants in Palakkad?
You can find some delicious local cuisine in Hariharaputra restaurant and Noorjehans Open Grill.