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Palakkad - Granary of Kerala

Palakkad, Kerala
Palakkad, Kerala (Credit.690931098)
Palakkad which is also known as Palghat lies on the foothills of the Western Ghats, on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Palakkad district is named as "Granary of Kerala". It attracts lot of tourists every year because of the richness of the natural beauty of the dense forests, fertile valleys, huge mountains, long rivers, several streams and diverse flora and fauna. Palakkad Hill Station is also known as one of the prime hill stations in India. It is a land of valleys, hillock, rivers, forests, mountain, streams, dams and irrigation projects.

 Palakkad derived its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest) which goes to prove that this place was once a striking stretch of forests covered with the sweet scented flowers of the Pala tree.

Palakkad is main district among Kerala's most picturesque districts and is a land of palm trees and paddy fields. This hill station is rich in flora and fauna. The abundant forest wealth, dams, wild life sanctuaries, rivers, rare birds and animals, historical monuments, traditional ayurvedic treatment centers had given Palakkad an exquisite and outstanding touch. Palakkad is identified for its historical background and the remnants of Tippu Sulthan's Fort which are still maintained.

The famous attractive places in Palakkad include Palakkad Fort (Tippu's Fort), Malampuzha Dam and Malampuzha dam garden, Jain Temple of Jainimedu etc. Best time to visit Palakkad hill station is between the months of September to February.