The granary of Kerela
|Area||: 4,480 square kilometers|
|Altitude||: 84 meters|
|Rainfall||: June to September|
|Best Tourist Season||: December to February|
|Clothing recommended||: Light cotton clothes throughout the year.|
|Languages spoken||: Malayalam, English|
|Attractions||: Fantasy Park|
|Festival||: Chittur Konganpada|
|Wildlife Sanctuaries||: Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent valley National Park.|
Snuggled in a wide low gap or pass separating the states of Kerela and Tamil Nadu, Palakkad is often referred to as the “Gateway to Kerela” from the North. This town, which is also the Headquarters of the District by the same name, is a never-ending celebration of greenery and fertility.
Known to the rest of India, as “the Granary of Kerela”, this picturesque town is blessed with mountains, valleys, meadows, rivers, forests and a rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Embellished with beautiful paddy fields and a palm fringed horizon, Palakkad is perhaps the crown of “God’s own Country”, Kerela.
The Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad boasts of being one of the last remaining stretches of undisturbed tropical evergreen forest. A potpourri of the cultures of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, this beautiful town located at the foothills of the Western Ghats is also highly productive in terms of the finest Carnatic Musicians of the country.
Numerous temples, Churches and mosques in Palakkad also contribute in making the town a perfect blend of culture, tradition and scenic beauty- a paradise for any wander thirsty visitor.
Festivals in Palakkad
Chittur Konganpada: It is said that there was constant fight in the Palakkad region between the Kerala kingdoms on the western side and the princely state of Konganad on the eastern side of the Western Ghat Mountains. Held in the month of March every year, the Chittur Konganpada festival commemorates the victory of Chittur Nairs over the militia of nearby Konganadu during 918 AD. On the third day of the Konganpada festival 101 rounds of the kathina vedi (iron pipe crackers) commemorates the historic victory. Later, there is a kolam procession of little boys dressed as girls carried on the shoulders of men. At night men engage in mock fights wearing buffalo head masks to symbolize the dead buffaloes of the Konganpada (Kongan militia).