|Malapuzha Gardens, Malapuzha.||Situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats, about 10 km from Palakkad|
|Thread Garden||Located opposite the Ooty Boat House just adjacent to Hotel Darshan|
|Rock Garden||Located in the same area as the Malampuzha Dam|
|Snake Park||Placed very close to the Malampuzha Dam|
|Kollengode Palace||Located about 19 km to the south east of Palakkad|
|Palakkad Fort||Situated on a sprawling area of 15 acres, on the western border of Palakkad town|
|Malampuzha Dam||Located in Palakkad district|
|Parambikulum Wildlife Sanctuary||Situated in Palakkad district|
|Silent Valley National Park||located in the Nilgiri Hills|
|Fantasy Park||Located at Malampuzha in Palakkad district|
Malapuzha Gardens, Malapuzha
Situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats, about 10 km from Palakkad, this is a most favorite picnic spots for the tourists to Palakkad. The beauty and tranquility offered by this garden has earned it the name of the “vrindavan of Kerela”. The serene lake formed by the reservoir of the Malapuzha Dam, adds a different dimension to the place. Pedal boating, rowboating, water scooters and motorboating are also done in this lake, thus offering an excellent way of exploring the wide expanse of the garden, as well as a means of exercise. Lovely rose gardens, rejuvenating fountains, beautiful pools and well maintained flower beds create almost a magical effect here. ‘Yakshi’, the work of Kerela’s famous sculptor Kanai Kunhiramanis is also displayed in the garden.
Apart from its natural beauty, the Malapuzha Gardens is also famous for the amusement park for children, a fresh water aquarium, a snake park and a well maintained swimming pool. The service of the Passenger ropeway and a toy train ride around the garden makes it an even more lucrative place for the children.
It is the uniqueness of the garden that has earned it name and fame. Despite being a garden, none of the plants or flowers here are real. In other words, they are artificial and that too made of thread. Even more interesting is the story behind their creation. None of these flowers or plants are machine made. All of them are woven meticulously by hand. Thus, the impressive flowerbed of such flowers is enchanting and bewitching. As one saunters along through this garden, thoughts about the tremendous perseverance and craftsmanship of the artists concerned with the production of these flowers inspires awe and wonder.
Located in the same area as the Malampuzha Dam and the Malampuzha Gardens, the rock garden of Palakkad offers a magnificent experience to any visitor. Decorated by the world famous artist, Padmashree Nekchand of Chandigarh, this garden provides a perfect compliment to the surrounding Western Ghats that abound in lush greenery and fertility. Though not blessed with a verdant look, the artistic way in which the rocks in the garden are organized exhibit a sense of beauty and harmony. With its serene setting, the place is capable of turning any visitor contemplative.
Placed very close to the Malampuzha Dam and the Malampuzha Gardens, the snake park is a snake rescue and rehabilitation center. Just like the way, this park offers a secure and safe place for the snakes to stay and recover from injuries if any, the snake park is also a perfectly safe place for the lovers of wildlife to observe and view the reptiles in a simulated habitat. Managed and taken care of by the Forest Department, snakes of almost all varieties, of both the poisonous as well as the non-poisonous types can be found here at any time of the year.
Historical and Cultural places in Palakkad
The Kollengode palace is located about 19 km to the south east of Palakkad. This small town was the capital of the Kollengode Rajas and derives its name from the Kollen, or the blacksmith community that resides here. The town is a picture perfect countryside, replenished with the wealth of the Gayathri River, a tributary of the Bharatpuzha, that winds its way through the small town.
The archeological museum is located within the palace. It has got a huge collection of murals from all over Kerela. The collection and extraordinary treasure of Veerakallu is kept on the display here. Also there are sculptures of the heroes of the bygone era. Other exhibits of the palace include temple models, olagrandhangal(manuscripts on dry palm leaves), megaliths etc. the most surprising aspect about these exhibits is the fact that most of them were recovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur. The journey to this palace is an absolute paradise for the trekkers, particularly the lush green areas around Seethakundu and Govindamalai near Kachankurichi.
Situated on a sprawling area of 15 acres, on the western border of Palakkad town, this fort is often the desired destination of the tourists making their way to Malampuzha and Nelliampathy. The Palakkad Fort was built by Hyder Ali, a Muslim conqueror in 1766. later, his son Tipu Sultan succeeded him and took over the throne. However, Tipu was defeated by the British who finally won over the fort and brought in a few modifications in it in 1790. At present, it is under the jurisdiction of the Archeological Survey of India.
The architectural plan of the fort is awe-inspiring and reflects pure ingenuity of style and pattern. The entrance to the fort was once through a draw bridge, which is now replaced by a permanent one. The expansive ground surrounding the fort, known as “Kotta Maidanam” was once used during the reign of Tipu Sultan for housing the stables of horses and elephants. Today, it is primarily used for cricket matches, public meetings, circus and other exhibitions.
Other places of interest to the public include, the Anjaneva(temple of Hanumana), Rapaddi(an open-air auditorium), a sub-jail and a Martyr’s colum. Children can also chill out in an amusement park located close to the Fort.
Though work on the Malampuzha dam had begun in 1949, it was not until 1955 that the dam was complete and put into action. Today, the dam’s capacity is 115.06 meters and with a network of canals, it has successfully given rise to the largest irrigation system in Kerela. The landscape around the reservoir creates an enchanting environment for the onlookers. With the Western Ghats towering on top, the reservoir is enveloped in lush green countryside. It also offers boating facilities for enthusiastic tourists.
Wildlife Sanctuaries in Palakkad
Parambikulum Wildlife Sanctuary
Cradled between the Annamalai mountain range of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy range of Kerala, perched on the magnificent Western Ghats is the Parambikulum Wildlife Sanctuary. A crown for Palakkad, this virgin forest of Palambukam is the home of a rich variety of aquatic fauna, including reptiles and crocodiles.
Peninsular flora and fauna is the specialty of this ecological reserve. One of the most protected forest areas of the Anamalai sub units of Western Ghats, this wildlife sanctuary, fortunately has been subject to minimal human interference and as a result has been efficiently conserved. Enclosing an area of about 285 square kilometers, the sanctuary is also home to tribes of indigenous people who form a harmonious part of the ecosystem. The lush green environment of the forest, complemented with an ample supply of water, makes a visit to this sanctuary, a celebration of nature and the natural powers. The tourists return from this nature hub with fond memories of the animal sightings in the lap of nature.
Some of the staple floral species that can be found here are bamboo, teak, rosewood and sandalwood. Among the fauna, the sloth bears, sambhar, chital, tigers, panthers, elephants and crocodiles can easily be located in almost every nook and corner of the sanctuary. Reptiles like, cobras, kraits, vipers, macaques, darters, turtles, cormorants and black eagles are also quite rampant.
Though the Sanctuary of Parambikulum had earlier been famous for the teak wood forest, today only one variety of teak trees, namely the Kannimari exists. The most attractive stretch of wilderness in the entire range of Western Ghats, this sanctuary is a revered place for an adventure enthusiast and environmentalist.
Silent Valley National Park
This National park is basically a conservation of the natural rainforests. As per the legend, Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas had put on a false identity of Sairandhri, an assistant of Queen Sudeshna, while they were in exile here. The area that was supposedly the dwelling place of the pandavas is known as "Sairandhrivanam" or Sairandhri's Valley.
Enclosing an area of 237.53 square kilometers, the National Park showcases an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. The tropical river called Kunthi, meanders its way through the National park and hence meets the demand for water of the entire forest.
While the vegetation in this forest range includes tropical hill forests, temperate grasslands and moist tropical evergreen, the animals comprise of about 100 species of butterflies, 400 species of Moths, Ceylon Frogmouth, Great Indian Hornbill, the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, the giant Malabar squirrel, Nilgiri langur, the lion-tailed Macaque, elephant, tiger, leopard, wild bear, nilgai, sambar, pit viper etc. The parks best known denizens, the Nilgiri Langur and Lion- tailed macaque are both listed in the Red List of Threatened Animals.
The park draws its name from the silence created because of the absence of the noisy cicadas. It is also the breeding ground of rare plants, herbs including even those having medicinal values and hundreds of varieties of beautiful orchid plants.
Another impressive aspect of the forest is the girth and massiveness of the old trees. For instance, the massive hollow tree is so big that it can easily conceal 12 people behind it.
The Historians are of the view that these forests on the Kundali hills of Palakkad dates back almost 50 million years. Being unadulterated by human intervention, the essential charm and exoticness of the park is intact. The lush greenery and the pristine environs of the place lends a mystic charm to the folds of the forest. Scientists value the rich biodiversity of this place and take pains to keep it this way.
Fun and Entertainment in Palakkad
Essentially an amusement park, the fantasy park has been designed by the Neo Tech Amusements and Resorts Limited. The Kerela tourism department has even awarded it the Best Innovative Tourism Product Award of the State in 1998. This park is visited by thousands of tourists everyday. The lovely gardens and the gorgeous fountains with which the park is garnished with, makes it a paradise for the adults and kids alike. The amusement park rides also are of sources of immense pleasure and fun for children.