The quaint town of Palakkad in central Kerala boasts picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Also known as Palghat, Pallakad is located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats (Read More) mountain ranges.

Here is the list of 21 Things to Do in Palakkad

1. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
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Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Palakkad district of Kerala, is best known for its constant efforts to preserve the dwindling tiger population. Surrounding hills and river along with flora and fauna make it the perfect place for a trek and safari.

2. Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park
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The Silent Valley National Park, with its lush green forests and beautiful views of the rich flora and fauna, is a popular destination for nature as well as wildlife lovers all across the globe. The well-planned Safari and the beautiful stop-overs around the park only make a trip to this part of Kerala more worthwhile.

3. Visit the Beautiful Ottapalam Town

Visit the Beautiful Ottapalam Town
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Situated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River, or Nila, Ottapalam is a scenic town in Pallakad, also known as the 'land of palm trees'. Ottapalam claims a rich cultural heritage and has hosted quite a few historical events.

4. Explore the Palakkad Fort

Explore the Palakkad Fort
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The Palakkad Fort in Kerala is a beautiful historical monument that has gently integrated its high walls with its surrounding green gardens. One of the most well-preserved forts in Kerala, the Palakkad Fort, was built in 1766 AD.

5. Perfect Picnic Spot - Mangalam Dam

Perfect Picnic Spot - Mangalam Dam

Mangalam Dam has been built on a tributary of River Mangalam and River Cherukunnapuzha to meet the region's irrigation requirements. The dam is a marvellous sight amidst dense forests. Wildlife thriving in the forest region can often be spotted around the reservoir. 

6. Vadakkanthara Temple

Vadakkanthara Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Karnaki, who finds mentioned in the Tamil epic Silapathikaram as a vengeful wife and a legendary woman, the Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikkal Bhagavathy Temple is the only temple in Kerala that celebrates the goddess in her complete idolic form. 

7. Kanjirapuzha

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Nursing a beautiful dam, Kanjirapuzha at 38 km from Palakkad, is surrounded by an evergreen forest of Vettilachola. The fisheries department runs a nursery near the dam which is quite popular among tourists.

8. Boating at Malampuzha Dam

Boating at Malampuzha Dam
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One of the largest reservoirs of Kerala, Malampuzha Dam, is located near Palakkad in South India. The dam has many attractions nearby like the rock garden, ropeway, and amusement park and visitors often enjoy boating here as well. 

9. Scenic Views from Seethargundu Viewpoint

Scenic Views from Seethargundu Viewpoint

Seethargundu Viewpoint is a famous point in the region. It is located on a cliff and offers a stunning view of the surroundings making it a perfect attraction for nature lovers and photographers. The dense forests around the point are home to monkeys and other wild animals.

10. Fun Day at Fantasy Park

Fun Day at Fantasy Park

Fantasy Park is a themed amusement park in the region having a wide variety of exciting dry and water rides and slides to suit every age group and everyone's choice. One of the fascinating rides is the 16D Cine Magic Ride. 

11. Perfect Vacation - Attappadi

Perfect Vacation - Attappadi

Lying on the foothills of the Silent Valley National Park, located in the Palakkad district of Kerala- is Attappadi. This place is a perfect vacation getaway if you are a nature lover. It is also a great place to be for those who appreciate wildlife.

12. Take a Nature Walk in Kava

Take a Nature Walk in Kava

Kava is a scenic region surrounded by hills covered in dense forestation with a serene lake. The chirping birds, the cool fresh air and the lush greenery make the experience of exploring the attraction an enchanting one.

13. Trek to Dhoni Hills

Trek to Dhoni Hills
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Situated 15 km from Palakkad, this idyllic village on the border of the Western Ghats on the Northern side is famous for the Dhoni Waterfalls and dense cover of Forests. Trekking is a much-favoured activity in Dhoni.

14. Jain Temple

Jain Temple
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More than 500 years old, the Jain Temple at Jainimedu is well known for its granite walls which are 32 feet long and 20 feet wide. Located on the south banks of River Kalpathy, this ancient temple is enshrined with the images of Jain Tirthankaras and Yakshinis.

15. Observe the Yakshi Statue

Observe the Yakshi Statue

Yakshi Statue is a famous attraction in the Malampuzha Garden and a beautiful touch to the serene beauty of the garden. It is a stunning stone-carved piece of art created by a famous sculptor named Kanai Kanhiraman.

16. Kollengode Palace

Kollengode Palace

Kollengode Palace, located in Palakkad, Kerala is one of the few places that best represent the natural beauty of the village of Kollengode. It is a traditional shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu and flaunts authentic Kerala and European architectural styles. 

17. Meenvallam Waterfalls

Meenvallam Waterfalls

A magnificent 5 step waterfall in Kerala, Meenvallam Waterfall is one of the top 10 places in Palakkad. People often visit this place for a couple of hours, taking in the gushing water that falls from over 100-125 feet. 

18. Stay at the Beautiful Nelliampathy

Stay at the Beautiful Nelliampathy

Suppose you see the mist floating in the air, a pleasant aroma of coffee teasing your nostrils, a chain of majestic mountains peaking from all around, and wonderful weather relaxing your nerves. In that case, you are on a small beautiful hill station in Kerala known as Nelliyampathy.

19. Celebrate Chinakkathoor Pooram

Celebrate Chinakkathoor Pooram

The Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple of the Palappuram region of the Palakkad district of Kerala witnesses an annual extravaganza of regional art forms and elephants in what is known as the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival. The festival is an absolute delight for the onlookers, which everybody can join without paying any cost.

20. Pattambi Nercha

Pattambi Nercha
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Pattambi Nercha is an annual feast and carnival of the Pattambi Mosque situated in Palakkad district of Tamil Nadu. The mosque is dedicated to the Muslim saint and pir of Malabar- Aloor Valiya Pookunjikoya Thangal, in whose memory the festival is celebrated. 

21. Try the Palakkad Cuisine

Try the Palakkad Cuisine

Palakkad cuisine cooking is done usually through steam and the staple items here include white rice with curries like Kootan, Kootu, Poduthuval and more. Along with these, one can enjoy the popular Rasam, Papad and Payasam.

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