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India Kerala

Palakkad District+
Palakkad Municipality
Municipal Chairman
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


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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The commonly held belief is that the name is a fusion of two Malayalam+ words, ''Pala'', a tree (''Alstonia scholaris+'') that is found abundantly in Palakkad, and ''Kadu'', which means forest.

The nearest international airport is Coimbatore International Airport+, which is about 62 km from Palakkad. Coimbatore airport has connecting flights to Malaysia+, Singapore+, Sharjah+, Colombo+ and to Gulf and South-east Asia. Other nearby airports are Kozhikode Airport+ about 103 km and Cochin International Airport+ which is about 111 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. Pollachi+, Dindigul+ and Madurai+ were connected by a metre gauge+ line starting from the Palakkad Junction railway station through Palakkad Town station. Under the policy "Project Unigauge+", meter gauge tracks have been dismantled for conversion to broad gauge. As a result, trains on the Palakkad - Pollachi - Dindigul route have been indefinitely suspended till the broad gauge conversion is completed.

Palakkad is well connected by roads. The National Highway 47+ from Salem+ to Kanniyakumari+ via Coimbatore, Palakkad, Trishur, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam+ and the Palakkad – Kozhikode+ National Highway 213+ pass through the district. Another important road is the Palakkad – Ponnani+ which connects NH 47+ and NH 17+.

As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Palakkad in 2011 is 131,019; of which male and female are 63,833 and 67,186 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.

The metropolitan area of Palakkad includes Hemambikanagar, Marutharode, Palakkad municipality, Pirayiri, Pudussery Central, Pudussery West, and Puthuppariyaram. 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 - Situated about 8 km from Palakkad Town, Malapuzha Dam was completed in 1955 and is the largest reservoir in Kerala. The spot is also known for its scenic beauty and sprawling gardens. It is one of the major attractions in this part of Kerala. Kava : kava is a beautiful part of Malampuzha Dam+ where people used to go there for watching.

*Pothundi Dam+ - situated about 12km from Palakkad Town, the dam is a major vernacular movie shooting location. It is only 22km from Pothundi Dam to Nelliyampathi Hills+, which is a hill top tourist place in Palakkad.

*Walyar Deer wildlife sanctuary+ - situated in Walayar, about 15km from Palakkad Town and enroute NH47, is one of the early Deer Conservation Sanctuary in Kerala.

*Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, Pallassena+ - located about 22kms away from town, this Amman Temple is one of the most visited Bhagavathi temple after Manapully Kavu and Vadakkanthara Kavu. The fish in the temple pond are considered sacred and are never caught.

* Dhoni Waterfalls+ - located about 5kms away from Town, it is one of least explored waterfalls inside forest. The Kerala Forest Department maintains strict patrol in the entry points of this waterfalls. One can sight many wild animals including elephants, bears and boars in this forest.

* 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.
* 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.
* C.S.I Robinson church Palakkad : The Basel Mission church which was renovated recently and is named after Mr.Robinson, who was the collector of Palakkad during the British days. The congregation dates backs to 18th century.

* Government Victoria College, Palakkad+
* Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad+
* NSS College of Engineering+, Palakkad
* Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram+, Palakkad
* Sneha college of Architecture, kollengode+
* Mercy College, Palakkad
* Aryanet Institute of Technology+, Mundur, Palakkad
* Government College Chittur+, Chittur+ Palakkad
* Co-Operative Arts and Science College+, Olavakkode
* Chembai Memorial Government Music College+

* Basel Evangelical Mission High School(BEMHS)
* Pandit Mothilal Government Higher Secondary School (PMGHSS)
* Government Moyans Higher Secondary School
* Mary Matha Higher Secondary School (Panthalampadam)
* Kanikkamatha Convent - English Medium Higher Secondary School
* Chinmaya Vidyalaya Pallavur
* St. Thomas Convent School, Palakkad+
* Bharatha Matha Higher Secondary School+
* Holy Trinity School, Kanjikode+
* B.S.S. Gurukulam Higher Secondary School, Alathur

* Palakkad Gap+, mountain pass in the Western Ghats+
* Palakkad District+
* Palakkad(Loksabha constituency)+
* 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 Fort+ Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India.
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 Gap+ Palakkad Gap or Palghat Gap is a low mountain pass in the Western Ghats between Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala.
 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.
 Kerala Iyers+ Kerala Iyers or Bhattars, are Tamil Brahmins of the Indian state of Kerala — people who were residents in Kerala region, and also people who migrated from present day Tamil Nadu in different waves starting from the medieval period onwards.
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 (Lok Sabha constituency)+ Palakkad is a Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.
 Palakkad Town railway station+ Palakkad Town railway station (Code: PKDT) is a railway station in Palakkad District, Kerala and falls under the Palakkad railway division of the Southern Railway Zone, Indian Railways.
 Matta rice+ Kerala Matta rice (also known as Rosematta rice, Palakkadan Matta rice, Kerala Red rice, or Red parboiled rice) (Malayalam: കേരള മട്ട) is an indigenous variety of rice grown in Palakkad District of Kerala.