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Palakkad

Palakkad lies at the foot of the Western Ghats mountains on the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The area is very fertile, making it the main grain producer for Kerala, the paddy fields, forests, rivers and streams with the mountains behind give it a special scenic beauty.

Malampuzha gardens and dam, 10km from Palakkad is popular with tourists. The gardens are perfect for picnics with lawns, flower beds and fountains, the rose garden has more than 100 varieties. There is an aerial walk way which crosses the garden enjoyed by children and adults alike. On the dam, there are boats for hire, pedal boats, rowing boats, water scooters and motor boats are all available. On Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays the whole site is illuminated.

Palakkad fort is one of the best preserved in Kerala, built in 1766 by Hyder Ali of Mysore, it was modified by the British in 1790. The Archaeological Society maintain this important granite structure.

Kollengode is a picture of rural beauty, Kollengode Palace, Vishnu Temple and a memorial to the poet P. Kunhiraman Nair are worth a visit, while the Seethakundu and Govindamalai hills are great for walks and trekking.

Kalpathi is famous for it,s annual Temple Cart and music festivals.

Nemmara attracts visitors from all over world for the annual Nemmara Vallanghy Vela. Spectacular fireworks and amazing elephant procession make this festival outstanding.

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