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Palakkad has got many beautiful landscapes. Neliyampathi hills, Parambikulam, Malampuzha dam, Silent valley National park, etc all are worth seeing. These places are not much explored by man. There are many star hotels like Srichakra, Ambaadi, Indraprastha, Soorya residency, etc.. Palakkad is known for Kalpathy ratholsavam which attracts world-wide tourists… Clothes are very cheap here compared to other parts of kerala. Also it is second to Thrissur in Jewelery.

Sight seeing, trekking, Malampuzha has the only ropeway in Kerala, Ayurvedic treatments, The old MANAS in Ottapalam, Heritage Agraharams in Palakkad, Nelliyampathi hill station, Parambikulam reserve forest, mountaneering, Tippu Fort in the middle of Palakkad town, etc.

Palakkad is well connected by Road and rail. It is hardly 110km from Cochin International Airport. Also only 50km from Coimbatore domestic airport. The other destinations within the reach from Palakkad city. 19 kms to the south east of Palakkad is the pristine Kollengode, once the capital of the erstwhile Kollengode Rajas. The town derives its name from the Kollen blacksmith community that resides here. The town is surrounded by the Nelliampathy Hills on one side and a large area of fertile paddy fields on the other. The Gayathri River, a tributary of Bharathpuzha winds its way through the town.

The magnificent Kollengode Palace is a prime example of the traditional architectural style of Kerala and also one of the best place among Palakkad sightseeing attractions . The Archaeological museum is located in the Kollengode Palace and houses a collection of murals from all over Kerala.

On display here is a well-preserved and extraordinary treasure of Veerakallu or hero stones, which are stone engravings, and sculptures of heroes of the bygone era. Also exhibited are temple models, olagrandhangal (manuscripts on dry palm leaves), megaliths etc. It is interesting to note that most of the exhibits here were recovered from the forests of Thrissur and Wayanad.

Other places of interest include a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Trekkers and adventurous picnickers will love the verdant trekking areas around Seethakundu and Govindamalai near Kachankurichi.

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