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Neighbourhood Guide


Palakkad Fort

(Distance from Palakkad : At Palakkad)

Importance : The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766.


Malampuzha Garden

(Distance from Palakkad : 10 K.M)

Importance : This famous picnic spot comprises of a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens. Other major attractions of the site include Rock garden, Aerial ropeway across the garden, Telescope tower, Boating and fishing facilities, Swimming pool, Fresh water aquarium and snake park.



(Distance from Palakkad : 10 K.M.)

Importance : The ancient temple here exhibits some fine wood work and stone sculptures



(Distance from Palakkad : 15 K.M)

Importance : It is a 3 hour trek from the base on the Dhoni Hills to this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall.



(Distance from Palakkad : 48 K.M)

Importance : The gateways on either side of the rod across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles


Parambikulam WildlifeSanctuary

(Distance from Palakkad : 110 K.M)

Importance : Sprawled across 285 sq.km. this Sanctuary is home to rare fauna. The oldest teak tree, Kannimari stands tall here. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Reservoir . Ph.04253-67233/ 67228 permitting authority: Divitional Forest Officer.



(Distance from Palakkad : 40 K.M)

Importance : The cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy.


Silent Valley National Park

(Distance from Palakkad : 40 K.M)

Importance : The 89.52 sq.km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. Permitting authority: Wildlife Warden, Silent Vally National Park Ph.453225


Guruvayoor Temple

(Distance from Palakkad : 90 K.M)

Importance : Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the sree krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of guru, thepreceptor of the goods, and vayu, the god of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine.


In the chuttambalam(outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated wajasthambam (flag post). There is also a 7 m high dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square sreekovil is the sacred sanctum Sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple, there are also the images of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.

The temple dates back to the 16th century is dedicated to Krishna known here as Guruvayurappan or the Lord of Guruvayoor, and the idol is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraka. It is at this temple that Melpatur Narayan Bhattathiri composed his well-known Sanskrit devotional poem 'Narayaneeyam'. The temple is renowned for its healing powers. Several offerings are made to the deity here from the simple 'Archana' offering of flowers to the expensive and elaborate 'Udayastamana' pooja or 'Thulabharam' where a devotee is weighed against offering of bananas, sugar, jaggery or coconuts. The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings.


Palani Temple

(Distance from Palakkad : 98 K.M)

Importance :

Palani has been mentioned in the Tamil Sangam Literature as Podhini, which came to be called as Palani later, according to the historions. In ;Thirumurukatruppadai ( a Sangam Literature ) Palani has been mentioned as the 3rd PadaiVeedu. This was the southern end of the Kongu Nadu and edicts refer to this place as Vaiyapuri Nadu , which was ruled by king Vaiyapuri Kopperumbaegan. Many Siddhas; are said to have lived in this region. The idol of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of Navapashanam ( a combination of Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat), by a siddhar called Bhogar. It is also claimed by many that the materials of abhishegam like milk, sandalpaste, etc., attain medicinal properties on being poured over Lord Palaniandavars idol and they have cured many diseases, when taken by the patients.



(Distance from Palakkad : 90 K.M)

Importance :

Valparai is a Taluk and hill station in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu,India. It is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anaimalai Hills range of the Western Ghats, at a distance of 90 km from  Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital. There are 40 hairpin bends on the way to Valparai from Azhiyar Reservoir. While major portions of the land is owned by private tea companies, large forest areas continue to be out of bounds. The Government of Tamil Nadu in collaboration with ITDC initiated Tourism promotion through infrastructure development including Resort hotels and Amusement parks to attract tourists.



(Distance from Palakkad : 130 K.M)

Importance :

Munnar  is a town in the southwestern state of Kerala, India. Munnar is situated around 1600 m above sea level,  in the Western Ghats range of mountains and is a hill station
The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to the location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
Munnar town is situated on the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk and is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district in Kerala having an area measuring nearly 557 km.

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