Telephone access code: +91-491
Air: Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (55 km)
Rail: Palakkad Junction Railway Station (5 km from the city) is a major railhead of the Southern Railways
Road: Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India.
KSRTC Bus Stand
To Malampuzha: Frequent bus service (0600 – 2000 hrs)
To Silent valley National Park: Bus services from Mannarkkad to Mukkali every hour. Transportation from Mukkali to Silent Valley to be arranged through the Forest Department. Contact Wildlife Warden, Mukkali.
To Nelliyampathy: 0430, 0530, 0700, 0930, 1230, 1330, 1700 hrs
Tourist Information Office: Information Counter, Near Children’s Park, Palakkad Ph: 2538996
Area: 4,480 sq.km
Population: 2,617,482 (2011 census)
Altitude: Above sea level
Celebrated as the granary of Kerala, Palakkad is a vast expense of verdant plains interspersed with hills, rivers, mountain streams and forests. The gateway to Kerala from the North, a 40 kilometer break in the mountain known as the Palakkad Gap give access to this land situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The pass acts as a corridor between Kerala and neighboring Tamil Nadu and played a major road in the trade contacts between East and West coasts of peninsular India. Deriving its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alseria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), this place was once a beautiful stretch of forest covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. A potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture, some of the finest Carnatic musicians hail from this region which continues to be a largely agrarian society.