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Destination Theme
Ayurvedic Centers, Wildlife Sanctuaries,
Best Suited For
Families, Couples and Tourists.
Recommended Duration
Two to Four days.

Quick Info

Palakkad is the name of a serene town in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The town has a picturesque landscape with small and big rivers experiencing moderate temperatures throughout the year. It is also called as Palghat. It has the Palakkad gap or Palghat gap in the Western Ghats which provides an ideal gateway to Kerala. The nearest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is at a distance of about 60 kilometres from the town. 

Rankings & Ratings

A tiny buoyant town in Kerala that has a simple style of unfolding its chronicles.

Editor's Rankings

#15 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#4 in 7 Ayurvedic Centers in & around Kerala
#5 in 8 Wildlife Sanctuaries in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

Palakkad is quite popular for its unique and colourful festivals. Although the town doesn't have much to offer when it comes to tourist attractions, you can visit the place to see historical monuments and have a pleasant family time in the beautiful parks. 


  • The weather is quite pleasant throughout the year.
  • The town has a nice connection with history.
  • Tourists can watch many traditional festivals.
  • Some really beautiful parks and sanctuaries are present in and around Palakkad.


  • Not much variety in food available for Non-vegetarians.
  • The traditional festivals mostly occur in the hotter months.
  • Very few activities are offered at Palakkad.
  • The roads of Palakkad are not in a good condition.

Itinerary Tips

  • The town can be avoided by tourists in summer, since it gets very hot.
  • Auto rickshaws are the cheapest way to move around the town to visit several tourist attractions.
  • If you want to see some traditional festivals, then April is a good time to visit the place.
  • A Peacock sanctuary, waterfalls and dams are places you can visit in Mayilladumpara. 
  • Palakkad Fort is a must-visit if you visit Palakkad.
  • There are several parks and gardens along with a dam in Malampuzha, 8 kilometres away from Palakkad.
  • Neeliampathy is a good hill station about 60 kilometres away from Palakkad.

Detailed Info

Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is one of the most pleasant and scenic towns in a major district called Palakkad of Kerala. The name 'Palakkad' is a combination of two local language words: 'Pala' meaning barren land and 'Kad' meaning forest. The town has some small and medium rivers which are tributaries to a famous river called Bharathapuzha River. There is a large dam called Malampuzha dam 12 kilometres away from Palakkad.

The town is home to quite a few tourist attractions. Some of them are Palakkad Fort or Tipu Fort, Jainimedu Jain Temple, Kalpathy famous for its temple car festival, Malampuzha dam and Silent Valley National Park. The town is home to many temples and a few churches also. Neeliampathi is a beautiful hill station located at about 60 kilometres away from Palakkad. Close to the town are a few villages and sub-urban areas. The location of Palakkad and all its tourist attractions have some interesting historic tales to relate. 



The altitude of Palakkad is 94 metres(308 ft) above sea level.


The weather is quite moderate throughout the year, but the months of March and April are very hot.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the months of December and February. 

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is at a distance of about 60 kilometres from the town. The airport is well-connected to major cities in India and some of the cities outside India also. From the airport, you have to book a cab to reach the destination.

By Train

There are two railway stations in Palakkad called Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town Railway Station. The station is well-connected to other parts of Kerala. From the station, you have to hire a taxi or take an auto to reach your destination.

By Road

The bus station in Palakkad is connected to many major towns of Kerala. It is also connected to cities outside Kerala like Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Local Cuisines

The cuisine in Palakkad is basically vegetarian. One of the most famous delicacies of the town consists of steamed white rice, a Kootan (a gravy curry), a curry like poduthuval, mezhukuverati, or kootu, Rasam, papadam, and curds with pickles. Saddi also is quite popular.