Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.
Vasudevanallur is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban hub, which also happens to be the district headquarters, is Tirunelveli at a distance of 80 km south. Vasudevanallore is very close to the Ranni Forest Division (which lies to its west), which acts as a boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Places to Stay
One is forced to put up in Tirunelveli for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Janakiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Sri Bharani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750), Nainar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) among others.
The official language the area is Tamil. English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have great places of interest unlike the neighbouring Kerala. Some of the places worth visiting in the neighbouring city of Tirunelveli are Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple, Agasthiyar Falls, Vettuvan Koil Temple, Suyambulingaswamy Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 146 km.
The Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators active in this region. Buses for the area are available from Tirunelveli. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.