Widespread stretches of green paddy fields, swaying rhythmically in a pleasant breeze; this is a sight that will often meet your eyes in Palakkad. Laced in a vibrant culture and nurtured by the breath-taking, picturesque beauty of nature, the city has a rustic charm to it
Surrounded by the majestic Western Ghatsand embellished with lush green forest cover, the scenic quality of Palakkad is undeniable. Palghat, as it is popularly known, though located in Kerala, presents a fascinating blend of the native culture along with that of Tamil Nadu, with which it shares its borders. Amusing, charming, and captivating in turns, this beautiful city slowly but surely disarms you with its delightful contrasts.Among its many attractions, the most dominating is the scenic natural beauty of Palakkad. Nature lovers and adventure seekers can explore the dense forests, splendid mountains, and magnificent waterfalls that surround the city. The Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Dhoni Waterfalls, and Kanhirapuzha Dam are some of the must-visit natural sites. Palakkad also boasts of a rich historical heritage, proof of which can be seen standing even today. The remains of the ancient Palakkad Fort and the fort of Tipu Sultan serve as glorious reminders of the city's past splendor.Palakkad has a rich religious legacy that binds the city in tradition. The age-old temples of Palakkad, such as the ancient Jain Temple, and others, attract many devotees from across the city for their spiritual significance as well as their aesthetic beauty. Visit the city during one of the many festivals like Vadakkanthara or the annual Utsavam to partake in the celebrations. Known as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' the numerous paddy fields around the city are well worth a visit.There are plenty of transport options available in Palakkad. The city buses have a well-connected network throughout the city. Auto-rickshaws and taxis can be hired directly from the road, and are convenient for getting around, but you can also hire private vehicles from car rental services, if you’d prefer to get around the city at your own pace. Some parts of the city are best explored on foot, as the popular attractions are in close proximity to each other. This also allows you to explore the less known gems of the city.Always negotiate the fare in advance before hopping into a taxi or an auto-rickshaw as they do not follow a metered fare system.If you are visiting the city during summer, carry light cotton clothes to protect against the heat.The city is not known for its nightlife and it is advisable to stay indoors after 10 p.m
Palakkad is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore at a distance of 50kms.
Airports: Coimbatore International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Palakkad from other major cities of the country..