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Palakkad City GuidePalakkad deriving its name from the Pala (Alsteria Scholaris) tree and kadu (forest) is one of the must vist places of Kerala. Its geographical position, historical background, rural nature, educational status, tourist attractions and above all developmental activities are vivid and varied and are few of the reasons that makes this city so valued. Palakkad provides the inlet for the rest of India to the State through a 32 to 40 mt wide natural gap, in the 960 km long Western Ghats this gap is perhaps the most influential factor in the unique characteristics of the district. It has also contributed to the commercial as well as cultural exchanges between the State and the rest of the country.

The district liying at the foot of the colossal Western Ghats has only midland and highland areas. Much of the area is made up of plains, with scatters of a few hillocks. The plains are so fertile and productive that the district is called the "Granary of Kerala".

Along with Idukki, Palakkad is the other district in Kerala which has the rare distinguishing characteristic of not having a sea coast. Kerala's longest river Bharathapuzha flows through the district. The Bharathapuzha although does not have or a little commercial significance but holds a special place in the culture and history of the State.

Palakkad in Kerala also has the famous Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. The area is also perfect for trekking. Other wildlife sanctuary in the region include the Silent Valley National Park which has store of birds and animals.

Places of Tourist Interests:

Palakkad Fort:
The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. Fort still reminds of the glory and also that of the torture this place has gone through.

Thiruvalathoor Temple:
The ancient temple here exhibits some fine wood work and stone sculptures.

Kottayi Village:
This village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, who is considerd as the god of Carnatic music.

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