Palakkad is a major town of Kerala which is located at the base of the Western Ghats near the famous Palghat gap. It is also acts as a gateway to Kerala. The town abounds in rivers most of which are small and medium tributaries of River Bharathapuzha. It is believed that the name of the town is derived from the combination of the words Pala and Kadu which in Malayalam means a local tree and forest respectively.
Palakkad is a well known tourist destination of Kerala and offers numerous natural and manmade places of interest to explore. There are several beautiful dams built across its various rivers and the Malampuzha Dam, which is the largest dam and reservoir of Kerala, is located at a distance of just 8 kms from the town. Other interesting places include the Palakkad Fort, which was constructed by Hyder Ali in 1766, as well as wildlife sanctuaries like Silent Valley Park, Attapady hills and Parambikulam.
Moreover, people also like to spend time in various gardens and picnic spots built in the vicinity of the dams which are ideal for enjoying a picnic with family and friends. There is also a Fantasy park where adults and children can enjoy various rides and computer games.
Palakkad is well connected to major towns by various means of transportation. The nearest international airport of Coimbatore is located only at a distance of 62 kms from the town. In addition, the town has well connected railway network and a well maintained network of local buses which play to almost all major cities in the vicinity.