Palakkad is a town and a municipality in the state of Kerala in Southern India. Palakkad lies near the Palghat Gap, which is a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats ranges. These ranges run parallel to the west coast of India, and they connect Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east.
Surrounded by mountains with streams, lush valleys and thick forests rich in flora and fauna, Palakkad enjoys a particularly scenic spot. The valleys in and around Palakkad are extremely fertile and give the town its moniker of the 'granary of Kerala'. Trekking trails leading from Palakkad make exploring the region possible and an enjoyable experience. There are also a few wildlife sanctuaries nearby.
Asides from its natural beauty, Palakkad has a number of attractions worth seeking out. Top of the list would be Palakkad Fort, the town's most iconic landmark. Built in 1766 this granite structure sits in 151 acres of land and offers fantastic panoramic views of the town.
Further out of town is the Silent Valley National Park, a sprawling evergreen forest biosphere with a stunning array of plant and bird species. Its remoteness and isolation has meant the forest has remained in pristine condition and offers the chance to spot endangered wildlife including rare monkeys, tigers, leopards, bison and bear. Within the park is Attappady, a collection of three tribal villages. Untouched by urban development, these traditional villages offer a glimpse of a way of life rarely seen in India.
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