Palakkad is also known as the he Gateway of Kerala. In this way it is able to give the rest of India access to the State.Till very recently, the place was also known by its anglicized name Palghat.The city is rich in flora and fauna. The town is situated about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram and 49 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Coimbatore.It is one of the most picturesque districts, thanks to its distinctive palmyra trees and extensive green paddy fields. It is surrounded by the Palghat Gap, on its eastern border, a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats ranges that run parallel to the west coast of India, and connects Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east. The Silent Valley National Park that abruptly rises to the Nilgiris is an everlasting marvel to the tourists.

Previously Palakkad along with most parts of Kerala were under the rule of the Chera kings (Perumals). With the decline of Chera dynasty, parts of this district were ruled by Palakkad Rajas who were believed to be a branch of Zamorins (Samudiri Rajavamsam) of Calicut who later declared independence. Palakkad was a part of the Malabar District of Madras Presidency (during the British 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, located at the foot of the Western Ghats makes a thoroughbred tourist destination. It is rich in vast expanses of paddy fields and palms, the thick tropical jungles, history, culture and traditional Ayurvedic treatment centers, the district offers a unique character and personality that not many destinations can match.

Palakkad Weather and Best Time to Visit

The climate is hot and humid for most part of the year. Palakkad is one of the hottest places in Kerala. It is one of the largest district in Kerala with large mountainous area in kerela.There is sufficient rainfall.
The weather and climate of Palakkad district is almost like most parts of Kerala. The climate of Palakkad district is tropical- the summer months of March to May are scorching hot. During the Monsoon months (June to September), the Palakkad district and its surrounding areas receive heavy rainfall. The period between September to February is quite pleasant as the mercury goes down considerably in the region.

The best time to visit Palakkad is between the months of September and February.

Nellikkulangara Temple

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