Palakkad is bordered on the northwest by the Malappuram District, on the southwest by the Thrissur District and on the east by Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu. Palakkad Twon is the district headquarters. The district is nicknamed “the granary of Kerala”.
Palakkad was a part of the Malabar District of Madras Presidency (during theBritish Raj, until 1947), then came under the princely state of Cochin and Madras state (from 1947 to 1956). It was made a separate district of Kerala when the state was formed in 1956.
Palakkad is the land of Palmyrahs and Paddy fields. Along with Kuttanadu, Palakkad is major paddy growing area of the State. It is often called as the “gateway of Kerala”. The Sahya Ranges bordering the region and the 32 to 40 km. long gap in the mountains exert a dominant influence on the climate of the region. This gap is known as ‘Palakkad Gap’. In the past, this land was known as Palkkattussery.

There are five taluks, Ottappalam, Alathur , Mannarkkad,Palakkad and Chittur. 163 villages , four Municipal towns and ninety Panchayaths in the district. The district has got two types of climates. Ottappalam, Alathur and Mannarkkad Taluks are having a climate similar to that of other districts of Kerala, whereas Palakkad and Chittur are having rather a dry climate similar to TamilNadu. However the average rainfall is good for cultivation.

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The malleeswaram Peak and the River Bhavani have a tremendous influence on the lives of the tribals.The highland terrian are mostly fed by the tributeries of the river Kavery
Cholanoor Peacock Sanctuary
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An ornithologist's favorite and India's National Bird, now has a sanctuary for itself, at a Government sanctuary 'Choolanoor'
Dhoni Hill Station
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This reserve forest,15 km from Palakkad, is a delight for trekkers as reaching Dhoni entails an arduous climb of 3 hours from the base of Dhoni Hills
Kanjirapuzha dam
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Kanjirapuzha Dam is situated in Palakkad District of Kerala.The dam is constructed across the river Siruvani River.
An ancient Vishnu temple ,endless paddy fields the Kollengode Palace are the attractions in Koallengod.
Kottayi is a small village in Palakkad district of Kerala state, South India. It is under Alathur Taluk in Palakkad district of Kerala state, India
Silent Valley National Park
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The Silent Valley is a small plateau located on the southwestern corner of the Nilgiri Hills,of the Western Ghats
Mangalam Dam
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The Mangalam Dam is constructed on the river Cherukunnapuzha, a tributary of the river Mangalam.
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Located at a distance of 52 kms from Palakkad, the cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats
Palakkad Fort
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The Palakkad fort is also known as Tipu's Fort (the son of Hyder Ali)
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary in Palakkad District is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai sub unit of Western Ghats.
Siruvani Reservoir
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Siruvani dam "&" reservoir named after them are located at a distance of 40 km west of Coimbatore nd 48 km.