Palakkad, set in the foot of Western Ghats is the ‘Gateway of Kerala’ from the north. It played a significant role in the cultural history of Southern India and is dotted with number of temples, mosques and churches.
The majestic granite fort set in the heart of the town was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. It was taken over by the British in 1790 and is one of the best preserved forts of the State. There is an open-air auditorium and a museum inside the fort.
Kalpathy Siva Temple
The famous temple on the banks of river Kalpathy is known for the annual car festival held in November.
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The charming town amidst picturesque surroundings is famous for the Malampuzha Dam. Around the reservoir are beautiful rose gardens and amusement park for the children. ‘Yakshi’, the work of Kerala’s famous sculptor Kanai Kunhiraman is displayed in the garden. Boating, fishing and various water sports facilities are also available here.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (110km)
It covers an area of 185sq km around the Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Peruvaripallan dams and is a part of the neighbouring Anaimalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Key fauna gaur (bison), sambar, spotted deer, Nilgiri langur, lion tailed macaque, sloth bear etc. Thunakadavu is the sanctuary headquarters, which can be reached by road from Pollachi (40km from Coimbatore and 49km from Palakkad). Boat cruises are available at the Parambikulam reservoir. Best season February – April.
Silent Valley National Park (80km)
The park is located in the lush Kundai Hills which has perhaps the last substantial stretch of evergreen rain forests in the country. Vehicular transport is only up to Mukkali, about 24km from the park. It is a safe haven for the rare lion tailed macaque, tiger and elephant. Best season September – March.
Ayurveda,’ the Science of Life’ is India’s natural system of medicine. The contribution of Kerala to the theory and practice of Ayurveda is enormous. The celebrated Ashta Vaidyans, who belonged to the Namboothri community, are still active in the field. The Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, at Kottakal, about 12km from Malappuram attracts patients from all over the country and abroad. The Kerala Ayurvedic treatment, including massage with herbal oils is available at many hotels and resorts. The State has emerged as a popular destination for health motivated travellers.
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