Tourist Attractions

Bharatha Puzha ( NILA RIVER )
The river ‘Bharatha-puzha’ got its name from the epics where ‘puzha’ means just river and Bharatha though correlates  to  the  word ‘Hindustan’, here   refers   to Bharathamba (Godess mother of Bharath – India). The river feeds people like their own mother – (the water is divine – be it for drinking, irrigation or other uses  that  should   be the allusion behind the name.  

The Bharatha-puzha  River divides the state into two - north-south which causes   a rift not only in the land but slightly to the cultural background too. Unlike    other    parts  of Kerala, the area have vast stretches of open plain land adorned by the view  of the distant horizon which  is not possible elsewhere in the region owing to generally dense vegetation and hilly terrain. (The sight in Kuttanad area of Kerala, festooned with paddy   fields and backwaters is similar to this, but do not have the imagery of blue mountains in the distant as backdrop). The charm of the region has fascinated many a poets that    you can see the lyrics cuddling the river and the shores in  their poems in olden days.  As of now, most of the Malayalam film directors opt the scene    of the river for their finest frames. As for the railway line, while laying the railway track,   the British   chose   to follow the path of the river east-west up to the  plain land, as   a  more  or   less   flat terrain gesticulated them to build up the line while  linking  it  to Malabar  Coast  of  North  Kerala  for  the   onward continuation to south Canara (Karnataka)

Nelliampathy Hills ( 79 KMS )
Located at a distance of 52 km from Palakkad, the cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations. Places that can be visited around Nelliyampathy are Parambikjlam Wildlife Sanctuary, Thunakadavu and Malampuzha.This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers.

Athirappally Waterfalls 60 Kms
Athirappally Waterfalls is located 78 kms from Kochi (Cochin), located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Athirappally Falls is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls join the Chalakkudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.

Athirapally is the land of rivers and forests and great waterfalls!The destination houses the largest waterfall in Kerala, the Athirapally waterfall,a major tourist attraction. This patch in Sholayar

Malampuzha Garden 54 Kms
The Malampuzha Garden known as the Vrindavan of Kerala, exudes the charm and harmony of nature with a perfect synchronization of the grandeur of the mountains blending with the serenity of rivers. The lush green lawns, innumerable flower beds, glittering pools, fountains and avenues spur the rosyness of one's mind. Other attractions are The reservoir and Garden House,The Road Train, Aquariumand Snake Park,Japanese Garden,Passenger Ropeway,Thread Garden ,Rock Garden,Fantasy Park Sculpture of Yakshi

Kerala Kalamandalam
Founded in 1930 by renowned poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon along the banks of the river Nila in the Cheruthuruthy village of Thrissur District, Kalamandalam is an immortal name in the cultural map of the world. Kalamandalam is strictly a residential center of learning. Veteran teachers and talented students are its inestimable wealth. For art-recitals held in Kalamandalam and outside, artiste-teachers and students participate. Students learn Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kudiyattam, Kuchipudi and other Kerala Music  Instr

Kerala Theyyam

Silentvalley National Park 50 Kms
Nationwide protests in India by environmentalists and mass publicity by the media led the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi to order the state government to abolish the hydroelectric project. The area was declared a National Park. The park is actually named Indira Gandhi National Park, and Silent Valley is the name of the place, but it is also called Silent Valley National Park. It is a wonderful place to visit for tourists. The Silent valley biosphere sprawls to a fascinating 90 sq. km area. It is acclaimed to be the only remaining evergreen forest in the Western Ghats This tropical evergreen forest still remains pristine primarily because of its remoteness and inaccessibility. Every year researchers identify new species of plants and birds in this untamed wilderness. The rolling mountains and verdant valleys crisscrossed with sparkling silver rivulets gurgling through the rocky terrains offer an ideal setting to enjoy nature in all its pristine glory. This paradise with undulating mountains and lush greenery is also an ideal place to spot some of the most rare and endangered animals and birds. The region is home to the rare Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Tigers, Leopards, Indian Bison, Elephants, Bears, Squirrels and a wide variety of deer. The breathtaking panoramic views Located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats, the Silent Valley National Park holds a valuable reserve of rare plants and herbs. The park is rich in its wildlife, and elephants, lion-tailed macaques and tigers are the most common denizens of this park. A visit to this park should be considered a lifetime experience, as this is the last representative virgin tract of tropical evergreen forests in India.

Though smaller in size in comparison to the other national parks in India, what makes it unique is the sylvan environment the region has along with its high altitude peaks.  It is a reserved forest famous for greenery round the year. It is called Silent valley because you would not find cicada insects here making it a peaceful place. This is one of important forest in western ghat ranges.Silent Valley is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the planet. In the 1950s, the Kerala State Electricity Board wanted to build a dam across the Kunti river, which flowed in the of the valleys with silver cascades and perennial wild rivulets will stay etched in the minds of Endless stretch of virgin forests, tress that almost touch the sky, lush green landscape, rare bounty of flora and fauna minus the chirping of the cicadas. Learn about the hunting habitats of the pythons and king cobras, join the lion-tailed macau as he begins his day, follow the course of the Kunthi river as she ambles down through the thick green foliage - that's the experience of Silent Valley. One of the last remnants of Tropical rain forests in India, the Silent Valley National Park is accessible only by foot (nearly 24kms) but is an unforgettable adventure of life time. Vehicular transport is available till Mukkali and from there begins the journey into the realms of the tropical forests.

Palakkad Fort
This fort was built by Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan, who later lost it to British. The fort is still in good condition and is very close to town. Nice place to visit in the evenings.
Palakkad Fort is a witness to some bloody fights between the local kings and the British Empire, during the last decades of eighteenth century A.D. This very fact attributes a great historical significance to the fort. It is the legacy left behind by the father of great Tipu Sultan. Apart from that the fort is considered as the best preserved and maintained fort in India. he rich granite works have hardly been eaten away by two centuries or more. The rich architecture and style depicts the glory of princely states and the excellence in military command ship of the modern Indian empires

Parambikulam Wildlife & Tiger Reserve.
Tucked away in the valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the majestic Western Ghats is the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.This virgin valley that is the pride of Palakkad district is a glorious tribute to untouched nature.The reservoir harbours several varieties of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai sub unit of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. The sanctuary being a major ecological continuum from Peechhi to Eravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. It is the home ground for different races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. The thick, opulent habitat of the sanctuary with ample water supplys make it an abode for wildlife and there by for tourist who can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that of being in the lap of mother nature

Western Ghats is one of the world’s 34 bio diversity hotspots. While considering the abundance of Wildlife and the adorable beauty of Nature, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps the most attractive piece of wilderness in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. Thus it is popularly revered as ‘Nature’s own abode’. It has a total area of 285 Sq. Kms.

Dhoni Hills   Palakkad
A trekker's delight this reserve forest area nestles a beautiful waterfall which can be accessed at the end of a 3 hour trek. Blessed with natural beauty, the hills also have other attractions and can be reached at a distance of

15kms from Palakkad town. The Dhoni Farm is an Indo-Swiss project for development of higher breeds of cattle.

Siruvani Dam
Considered to be Asia's purest water form, Siruvani river originates here. The dam was built for supplying water to Tamil Nadu by Kerala Government. The gateways on both sides of the road across the dam is testimony to Kerala and Tamil Nadu's architectural styles. The area also offers trekking potential to the more adventurous tourists.

Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam
Far from the madding crowds, on the banks of the Bharatha Puzha river in Shornur, with an 86 year old tradition is Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam. Less commercialized and more genuine, the practitioners follow the footsteps of past masters of this timeless science. A visit to this sanatorium leaves one wondering about the centuries old Ayurvedic treatment methods and
importance in the growing world of modern medicine.

Thiruwillamala Temple

Kalpathy Temple

Guruvayur Temple

Ananagan Mala
A  medium sized hill famous  as a film location,calm village Area. Hill extends upto 18km through Kizur, Kothakurissi, Panamanna, Varode, Ambalappara. Anangan Mala is located 10 kms from Ottappala Along Cherpullasseri Road.The Area immediately following the mountain,the Adivaram is called Ananganadi. It’s a p[-leasent sight to see the tribals on the other side on the hill set some parts of Forest on fire,looking for honey.Its a common sight to see goatsthat sometimes climbs the full height of the mammoth hill. The highest point is 450Meter.