Palakkad, located near the Palghat Gap at the foothills of the Western Ghats, is one of the excellent tourist destinations in Kerala. The various tourist attractions in Palakkad comprising natural resources, monuments and festivals, are discussed below:
Tourist Attractions in Palakkad:
Located in the town near the Fort Maidan is presently the most well maintained fort in Kerala. Hyder Ali of Mysore built it in 1766. Today, this Palakkad Fort, commonly called Tipu�s Fort, is one of the protected historical structures in Palakkad town. A structure square shaped, it has unusually thick walls with strong bastions at four corners. The old drawbridge has been ultimately replaced by a permanent one.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Palakkad, the Malampuzha Gardens draws tourists from the state and other states of the country. The garden with luxuriant lawns, innumerable flowerbeds, glittering pools and fountains fresh water aquarium, Snake Park and children�s park with a toy train enhances the beauty of the place.
Udankhatola, South India�s only Passenger Ropeway, is another tourist attraction in Palakkad. While riding the ropeway over the garden at an altitude of 60 feet you can enjoy the finest panoramic views of the beautiful gardens at the base of the Blue Mountains. Extremely safe and economical, a ropeway ride will provide you a memorable experience.
Festivals of Palakkad:
The temple festivals that are celebrated at different temples at different points of the year are other Palakkad tourist attractions.
Kalpathy Car Festival (Kalpathy Ratholsavam):
Kalpathy Viswanatha Swamy temple is the earliest Siva temple in Malabar. It was constructed around 1425 AD by Kombi Achan, erstwhile Raja of Palakkad. This festival is based on Vedic Tamil Brahmin culture. The festival actually centers on the Kalpathy Sree Viswanathaswamy Temple.
Manappullikavu Vela is a chief festival held annually at the Manappullikkavu Bhagavathy Temple. The temple is believed to be about 1200 years old. It is different from other Bhagavathy Temples in terms of rites and rituals. Namboodiries, the Kerala Brahmins, carry out the every day rituals according to tantric traditions. Both Saiva and Vaishnava traditions of worship are observed in the rituals.
Nenmara-Vallengi Vela is a celebrated festival of Palakkad drawing people from near and far. It is held yearly on the Pooram (full moon) day of the Malayalam month Meenam. The Festival commences with the hoisting of the holy flag.
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