The nearest airport is Coimbatore, which is 34 miles from Palakkad town. The most convenient way to travel by land is to arrive at Palakkad junction by rail. Indian rail tickets can be booked online at www.irctc.co.in.
When To Go
The most pleasant time to visit is between November and mid-March before temperatures are soaring. You may want to plan your trip to take part in, or avoid, one of the many festivals such as Chittur Konanpada. This particular festival is held annually in February or March based on the lunar calendar.
Palakkad Fort is the city's most famous landmark. Victoria College, founded in 1886, and the Jain Temple near Chunnamputhara are also popular tourist destinations.
Malampuzha Garden, in the foothills of the Western Ghats, is a great day trip from Palakkad. The ancient temple of Thiruvalathoor is just six miles away. Nature lovers can visit the Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary.
Opportunities for hiking and trekking abound in the surrounding area. Hike around Pothundy Reservoir or ramble through villages on your way to timeworn temples. Take a three-hour trek to Dhoni village from Dhoni hills to reach a small waterfall.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.