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Palakkad Fort
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Palakkad District+
Palakkad Municipality
Municipal Chairperson
Prameela Sasidharan+ (BJP+)
District Collector
Mary Kutty issac IAS+
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Malayalam+, English
Telephone code
Palakkad: 91-(0)491
Palakkad KL-09,Alathur+ KL-49,Mannarkkad KL-50,Ottappalam KL-51,Pattambi KL-52,Chittur KL-70


The commonly held belief is that the name Palakkad is a fusion of two Malayalam+ words, ''Pala'', which was the name given for barren land during the Sangam period+, and ''Kadu'', which means forest+.

Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala due to the presence of the Palakkad Gap+, in the Western Ghats+. Malayalam is the generally spoken language in Palakkad as it is the official language. The town is blessed with many small and medium rivers, which are tributaries of the Bharathapuzha River+. Of the number of dams in Palakkad district, the largest Malampuzha+ dam is 12 km from Palakkad town.

Palakkad has a tropical wet and dry climate. Temperatures remain moderate throughout the year, with exception in March and April being the hottest months. A very high amount of precipitation is received in Palakkad, mainly due to the South-West monsoon. July is the wettest month, and the total annual rainfall is around 83 inches (211 cm).

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May 2012

The nearest international airport is Coimbatore International Airport+, which is about 62 km from Palakkad.

There has been a proposal for a mini domestic airport at East Yakkara with respect to setting up domestic airports for enhanced air connectivity by the civil aviation ministry of India. 60 acres has been identified for the project at East Yakkara Palakkad.

There are two railway stations serving Palakkad - Palakkad Junction+ is a broad gauge+ railway junction (located at Olavakkode+, which can be called a satellite town, about 4 km from the heart of the main town) and Palakkad Town railway station located in the heart of the Palakkad town. Close to Palakkad Junction is the office of Palakkad Railway Division. The cities of Coimbatore+, Erode+, Salem+, Thiruvananthapuram+, Kollam+, Kozhikode+ and Ernakulam+ are connected by the broad gauge+ line. Train services to Pollachi+, Dindigul+ and Madurai+ are through the broad gauge+ line through Palakkad Town station.

Palakkad is well connected by roads. The National Highway 47+ from Salem+ to Kanniyakumari+ via Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam+ and the Palakkad – Kozhikode+ National Highway 213+ via Malappuram+ pass through the district.

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As per Census 2011, population of Palakkad in 2011 is 130,955; of which male and female are 63,833 and 67,122 respectively. Total literates in Palakkad city are 112,479 of which 56,065 are males while 56,414 are females. Average literacy rate of Palakkad city is 94.20 percent of which male and female literacy was 96.83 and 91.73 percent.. Retrieved September 4, 2015. Hindus+ form 68% of the population with 89098 members. Muslims+ constitute 27.9% of the population with 36620 members. Christians+ constitute 3.8% of the population with 5006 members.

The metropolitan area of Palakkad includes Hemambikanagar, Marutharode, Palakkad municipality, Pirayiri, Pudussery Central, Pudussery West, and Puthuppariyaram.. Retrieved September 4, 2015. Its urban / metropolitan population is 293,566 of which 143,650 are males and 149,916 are females. The literacy rate of Palakkad Metropolitan Area is 92.14%, much higher than the national average of 59.5%. Malayalam+ is the most spoken language.

* Palakkad Fort+ – Fort dating from 1766, built by Hyder Ali+ of Mysore+. In 1784, after a siege which lasted eleven days, the British Colonel Fullerton stormed the Fort. Later it fell into the hands of the Zamorin’s troops, but was recaptured by the British in 1790. This well-preserved fort is also known as Tipu's (Tipu Sultan+, son of Hyder Ali) Fort. Today there is a functioning jail and Hanuman Temple in the fort grounds.
* Jainimedu Jain Temple+ of Jainimedu – Situated on the western border of Palakkad town and not far from the railway station, this is an historic Jain Temple. The area around the temple is known as Jainimedu+. This is one of the few places in Kerala where vestiges of Jainism in Kerala+ have survived without substantial damage. The granite walls are devoid of decoration. The temple, url= |accessdate=2013-07-20
* Kalpathy+ One of the 21 Agraharams+ of Palakkad District on the banks of the Kalpathy river, famous for its annual Ratholsavam (Temple car+ Festival) and annual music festival. One of the oldest settlements of Tamil Brahmins+ in Kerala, it dates back to the 15th century. These Brahmins speak both Malayalam and Tamil.
*Malampuzha Dam+ and Gardens -Malampuzha Dam is located eight km from Palakkad town. It was built in 1955 and the garden was renovated recentlly. The main attractions are the suspension bridge, the cable car ride and the fantasy park. There are several gardens including one cute Japanese garden. The Yakshi statue of Kanayi Kunhiraman is also reputed even though the nudity of the structure is not approved by the conservative society of Kerala. The dam is accessible by bus and the last bus returns to town by 8.00 pm. The nearest railway station is Palakkad Junction which is otherwise known as ''Olavakkod''.

* Vadakkanthara+ Thirupurakkal Bhagavathy temple is a popular Bhagavathy temple in Palakkad town situated at Vadakkanthara.Meenkulathi Bhagavathi and Perungottukavu Bhagavathi Temple is another famous Temple in Palakkad.Prad.
*Velliangadi Sree Mariamman Kovil+Palakkad's biggest Mariamman pooja maholsavam temple.
*Velliangadi Sree Karnaki Amman Temple+ opposite Mariamman temple.
* Manappullikavu+ temple: Hindu religious place situated near the N.H.47 on the eastern side of the town.
* Viswanatha Swamy Temple+ or locally as kundukovil is a famous Hindu temple located in the Kalpathy village of Palakkad
*Mannakulam Makham
* C.S.I Church of Hope : The only remaining presbytirian church in Palakkad town which was built by the Basel mission missionaries on 1910 situated in Mepparamba (also known as Melparamba) on the western side of the town. The congregation started in 1866.
*Holy Trinity Church
*Fort Anjaneya Temple:an anjaneya temple inside palakkad fort
*Kunnathurmedu Sreekrishna Temple
*Chinmaya Mission Guruvayuappa Temple

*Govt Medical College Palakkad
* Kerala State Civil Service Academy
* Govt. Victoria College Palakkad
* Mercy College
* Chembai Memorial Government Music College
* VV College,Kanjikode
* Co-Operative Arts and Science College, Olavakkode
* Yuvakshetra College
* Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad
* Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad
* NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad (Government Aided)
* Ahalia School of Engineering and Technology
* Ammini College of Engineering
* Aryanet Institute of Technology
* Prime College of Engineering
* Sreepathy Institute of Management and Technology
'''There are 972 schools in Palakkad district including 196 highschools.'''
* Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School+(BEM HSS)
* Vasavi Vidhyalaya CBSE School,Palakkad
* Kanikkamatha Convent - English Medium Higher Secondary School
* St. Thomas Convent School+,Olavakkode
* Bharatha Matha Higher Secondary School+
* Guardian public school,Para+
* st.raphael's higher secondary school,Chakkanthara+
* Vyasa Vidya Peethom cbse school+
* Holy Trinity School, Kanjikode+
* Palghat Lions Senior Secondary school+
* st.Agnes public school+

* Kannadi
* Vadakkumuri
* Prayiri
* Maruthorode
* Akathethara
* Pudussery West
* Pudussery Central
* Puthuparriyaram
* Hemambika Nagar

* Political Divisions of Palakkad District+
* Palakkad Gap+, mountain pass in the Western Ghats+
* Palakkad District+
* Malampuzha+


* - Official Website of Palakkad District Administration
* - Palakkad District Tourism-Information

Municipalities of Kerala:
Palakkad district:

Palakkad+ Palakkad pronunciation , also known as Palghat, is a city and municipality in the state of Kerala in southern India, spread over an area of 26.60 km2 and is the administrative headquarters of the Palakkad District.
Palakkad district+ Palakkad District is one of the 14 districts of the Indian state of Kerala. The city of Palakkad is the district headquarters.
Palakkad Fort+ Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu sultan's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India.
 Palakkad (Lok Sabha constituency)+ Palakkad is a Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.
Palakkad Gap+ Palakkad Gap or Palghat Gap (Malayalam: പാലക്കാട് ചുരം) is a low mountain pass in the Western Ghats between Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala.
Palakkad–Pollachi line+ The Palakkad–Pollachi line is a railway line between Palakkad and Pollachi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
Palakkadan Matta rice+ Palakkadan Mutta rice is a variety of brown rice known for its coarseness and health benefits. It is cultivated in Palakkad district of Kerala in India and used for a variety of dishes in India and Sri Lanka.
Palakkad Junction railway station+ Palakkad Junction (formerly known as Olavakkod Junction, STN CODE:PGT) is a railway station in Kerala state, India situated in the city of Palakkad.
 Palakkad railway division+ Palakad Railway Division (formerly known as Olavakkod Railway Division) is one of the 7 divisions of the Southern Railway Zone of India, and is the oldest in Kerala.
Palakkad Town railway station+ Palakkad Town railway station (Code: PGTN) is a railway station in Palakkad District, Kerala and falls under the Palakkad railway division of the Southern Railway Zone, Indian Railways.