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Malampuzha Dam Gardens
Location in Kerala
|• Collector||Mary Kutty IAS|
|• Density||627/km2 (1,620/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KL-PKD|
|Vehicle registration||Palakkad KL-09,Alathur KL-49,Mannarkkad KL-50,Ottappalam KL-51,Pattambi KL-52,Chittur KL-70|
Palakkad District is one of the 14 districts of the Indian state of Kerala. The city of Palakkad is the district headquarters. Palakkad is bordered on the northwest by the Malappuram District, on the southwest by the Thrissur District and on the east by Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. The district is 24.4% urbanised according to the census of 2011.The district is nicknamed "the granary of Kerala" and "Rice bowl of Kerala".
- 1 Name
- 2 Administration
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Noted Personalities
- 7 Transport
- 8 Hospitals
- 9 Festivals
- 10 Schools and Colleges
- 11 Places of interest
- 12 Image Gallery
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 Satellite Images
- 16 External links
In earlier times, Palakkad was also known as Palakkattussery.
Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala due to the presence of the Palakkad Gap, in the Western Ghats. The total area of the district is 4,480 km2 (1,730 sq mi) which is 11.5% of the state's area. Out of the total area of 4,480 km2 (1,730 sq mi), about 1,360 km2 (530 sq mi) of land is covered by forests. Most parts of the district fall in the midland region (elevation 75–250 m or 246–820 ft), except the Nelliampathy-Parambikulam area in the Chittur taluk in the south and Attappadi-Malampuzha area in the north, which are hilly and fall in the highland region (elevation > 250 m or 820 ft).
The climate is pleasant for most part of the year,exception is on the summer months.There is sufficient rainfall and it receives more rainfall than the extreme southern districts of kerala. The district is blessed with many small and medium rivers, which are tributaries of the Bharathapuzha River. A number of dams have been built across these rivers, the largest being Malampuzha dam. The largest in volume capacity is the Parambikulam Dam
There are six Tehsils or Taluks in Palakkad district
Palakkad Taluk which consists of Palakkad city and neighbouring areas is having the highest population in the district
Members of Parliament
Under the amended Indian Constitution, decentralised planning has been implemented in the state. The headquarters of the District Panchayat is at Palakkad Municipal town. The District Panchayat office building is near the Civil Station.
IIT Palakkad for Kerala started oprations in its temporary camus at Kanjikode, Palakkad from 3 August 2015. Many industries are located in the Kanjikode Industrial Area,which is termed as the second biggest industrial area in Kerala,many central government institutions are located in this area
Palakkad is the first paperless revenue district by computerizing the collectorate, five taluks and 156 village offices. It became the first computerized collectorate in the country implemented under the ‘DC Suit’ system and the first district where all the five taluk offices are computerized under the ‘Taluk Suit’ and connected with the Collectorate.
There are various industries in the district. The Public Sector companies and Instrumentation Limited have plants in Kanjikode, 12 km from Palakkad town. Other large companies are the BPL group, Coca Cola and Pepsi. There is an Industrial Area in Kanjikode with a number of medium industries.
Palakkad is the one of the most agrarian districts in Kerala. Palakkad is particularly known for paddy cultivation. Paddy is cultivated in around 83,998 Hectares in the district and occupies the first position in the production of rice in the state. Palakkad also occupies the first position in the state for the production of groundnut, tamarind, turmeric, tuber, vegetables, pulses, mango, banana, plantain and cotton. Rubber, Coconut, Areca nut, Black pepper etc. are also cultivated extensively like other parts of Kerala.
According to the 2011 census Palakkad district has a population of 2,810,892, roughly equal to the nation of Jamaica or the US state of Utah. This gives it a ranking of 138th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 627 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,620/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 7.39%. Palakkad has a sex ratio of 1067 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 89.32%.Palakkad city has a literacy rate of 94.20 %
- Kunjan Nambiar
- O V Vijayan
- Shashi Tharoor
- Kuttikrishna Marar
- Vallathol Narayana Menon (Ponnani, Old Palakkad District)
- O M C Narayanan Nambudiripad
- M T Vasudevan Nair
- Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
- Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
- Anita Nair
Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Film Personalities
- Methil Devika (Noted Dancer)
- V T Bhattathiripad (Drama)
- Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar (Carnatic)
- Keezhpadam Kumaran Nair (Kathakali)
- Palghat Mani Iyer (Mrudangam)
- Njaralathu Rama Poduval (Sopana Sangeetham)
- M G Ramachandran (Cinema-Tamil)
- Unni Menon (Playback Singer)
- A K Lohithadas (Noted scriptwriter, film director)
- Artist Namboothiri(Painter)
- Lal Jose (Film Director)
- Tirur Nambissan (kathakali music)
- Kutty (Cartoonist)
- Vidya Balan (actress)
- Trisha Krishnan (actress)
- Priyamani (actress)
- Shankar Mahadevan (playback singer)
- Madhupal (actor)
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan (actor)
- Raghuvaran (actor)
- Stephen Devassy
- Major Ravi (Film Director)
- Gautham Vasudev Menon (Film Director)
- P. Unnikrishnan (playback singer)
- Swarnalatha (playback singer)
- Ramankutty Nair
- M. S. Viswanathan (music director)
Social, Political and Administrative Personalities
- K P Kesava Menon (Idealist, Founder of Mathrubhoomi)
- Shivshankar Menon (International Diplomat)
- T. N. Seshan (Former Chief Election Commissioner)
- Shashi Tharoor (Under-Secretary General, UN)
- Prakash Karat (Former CPM General Secretary)
- E Sreedharan (Eminent Engineer, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation)
- M K Narayanan (Chief of Indian Intelligence Bureau)
- V P Menon (Senior most Officer of British India Administration)
- Kunhiraman Palat Candeth (Lieutenant General in the Indian Army)
- K Sankaranarayanan (Governor of state)
Palakkad town consists of two railway stations namely Palakkad Town railway station and Palakkad Junction Railway station. Palakkad Junction is an important station on the Southern Railway.The office of the Palakkad Division of the Southern Railway is situated near Palghat Junction Railway Station. The trains coming from Other parts of India are diverted to north and south Kerala from Shoranur Junction in Palakkad District. From here there is train service to Calicut, Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Shoranur and Nilambur. Shoranur Junction also has rail connections to Mangalore and the Konkan Railway, enabling travel towards Goa and Bombay.
Palakkad has a medium grade network of roads. The Salem-Kanyakumari National Highway 47 and the Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 run through the district. Another important road is the Palakkad – Ponnani road which connects NH 47 and NH 17.
The nearest Airport is at Coimbatore (Coimbatore International Airport) which is 60 km from the City.The Calicut International Airport is 103 kilometers from Palakkad City,and Cochin International Airport is 111 Kilometers from the city, It offers connections to all parts of India and a few international destinations. Air India, SpiceJet, JetLite (now Jet Konnect), Kingfisher Airlines (suspended as of Oct 2012), Goair, Paramount airways, Air Arabia and Air India are the major operators.
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- Nenmara Vallanghy Vela
- Kalpathi Ratholsavam
- Chinakkathoor Pooram
- Manappullikavu Vela
- Padur Vela at Sri Ayyappan Temple (Panicknarappan), Padur in the month of February every year.
- Tattamangalam Kuthira Vela
- Kannyar Kali at Vadavannur, Coyalmannam, Puthucode, Kattussery
- Thattamangalam Ayyappan Festival at West Village
- Mannarkkad Pooram
- Pattanchery Kummatty, Karivela, followed by Pavakoothu and Koothabhishekam
- Kannyar Kali & Kummatty at Kunissery
Navaratri, the festival of nine nights is the most popular festival, celebrated throughout India with varied customs and traditions. Though, this Navaratri Festival is celebrated all over India, different part of it makes a different way of celebration as it symbolizes different things in different regions. They celebrate this festival in a unique way of their own as the people in the Agraharam of Kodunthirapully Palakkad do. Nestling in small beautiful landscape about 3 km west of Palakkad town limit, the Agraharam boasts with the collection of Vaishnavates 'Jaiminiya Samavedi Thalavakara Guru' sakha Tamil Brahmins in about 100 uniform row houses, arranged properly on both sides of the streets facing north and south directions. The Agraharam retain much of their original character and housed only Brahmins. The Agraharam may not attract devotees from far and wide to its precincts daily, yet it has its own unique features which could not be seen any where else. Apart from other usual Agraharam festivals the most important festivals of the Village is Navaratri festival, which is conducted for nine days. It is celebrated once every year during the end of September month and in the beginning of the month of October. It starts from bright fortnight day just after the Mahalayapaksha Ammavasa.
Schools and Colleges
National Institute of Repute: Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad started operations from 3 August 2015 at its temporary campus. There are a number of schools and colleges, including:
- Government Victoria College was founded in 1866.
- N S S College of Engineering, Palakkad was founded in 1960.
- Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram is a technical education institute established in 1999
- Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School
- Bharatha Matha Higher Secondary School
- Vyasa Vidhya Peethom Central School.
- Saraswathi Vidyanikethan Vellinezhi UP School.
- St. Dominic's Convent English Medium School, Sreekrishnapuram.
- Government College Chittur
- T S N M H S Kundurkunnu, Mannarkkad
Places of interest
- Palakkad Fort – Situated in the heart of town, this is the most beautiful and best preserved fort in Kerala, recalling many old tales of valour and courage. The Fort, which dates back to 1766, was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore. In 1784, after a siege which lasted for eleven days, British Col. William Fullarton (1754–1808) stormed the fort. Later it fell into the hands of the Zamorin’s troops, but was recaptured by the British in 1790. This well-preserved fort is also known as Tipu's Fort, after Tipu Sultan the son of Hyder Ali. It is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.
- Malampuzha dam garden – A large irrigation dam on the Bharatapuzha river, on the valley of Western Ghats. There is a beautiful gardens, an amusement park for children and a boating facility on the reservoir.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, sprawling over 285 km²., is 135 km from Palakkad and adjacent to the Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Besides being an abode of elephants, wild boar, sambar, bison, guar, crocodiles, and a few tigers and panthers, it has a rich assortment of semi-tropical plants and trees. Trekking in the forest is allowed with prior permission. Boating can be done at the lake. The Cannimare Teak Tree, which is said to be Asia’s largest, is here near Thunakadavu.
- Silent Valley National Park – A thick rain forest, with many rare species, it has been declared a National Park. It is 80 km. from Palakkad. It is popularly known as the "Evergreen Forest" and noted for its eerie silence because of the lack of cicadas, which are common elsewhere. It is an important biosphere reserve in the Western Ghats and the home of tribal people. The valley is a habitat for the rare Lion-Tailed Macaque. The park is also a protected area for tigers.
- Killikkurussimangalam – The birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the great Malayalam satirical poet and creator of the Ottamthullal art form. There is a library dedicated to him in the village. The very famous and old Killikkurussi Siva temple is situated here. The home of abhinaya (acting) authority, Natyacharya Vidushakaratnam Padma Shri Guru Mani Madhava Chakyar (who took Koodiyattam to new heights), is also a special cultural attraction of the village. The Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam, a school devoted to the teaching of Koodiyattam, is located at the same site.
- Nelliyampathi – Known as the Ooty of Kerala, about 80 km from Palakkad. It is a hill station in the forest between a series of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dark evergreen forests
- Sholayar – Highest peak in the district, with coffee and tea plantations.
- Attappady – About 38 km. northeast of Mannarkkad. It is a place of great interest to anthropologists, as many Irulas and Mudugars live here. These Adivasis worship the mountain peak Malleswaran as a gigantic Shiva Lingam. This peak and the River Bhavani are of great mythological significance to the tribes.
- Pothundi Dam - It is the second earth dam (Dam built using mud, not using cement) in India. This dam is in the valley of Nelliyampathy hills. There is a beautiful garden and the view of nelliyampathy hills are interesting.
- Walayar Dam – It is around 25 km from Palakkad town, on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is an easily accessible location. There is also a deer park located 3 km from Walayar.
- Chulanur – A peacock sanctuary.
- Sholayar Forest – Highest peak in the district, with coffee and tea plantations and Sholayar dam bordering Valparai and Athirapally Waterfalls near Chalakkudy.
- Dhoni – A reserve forest area about 15 km. from Palakkad. This forest has many interesting sights including a small but splendid waterfall. The site can be reached after a fairly long climb of three hours from the base of the Dhoni hills.
- Jainimedu Jain temple of Jainimedu – Situated on the western border of Palakkad town, not far from the Railway station, is a historic Jain temple. The place around the temple is known as Jainimedu. This is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism in Kerala have survived. The granite walls are devoid of decoration. The 32 × 20 ft. temple consists of four divisions with images of tirthankaras and yakshinis in three of them. Kumaran Asan wrote his monumental poem Veena Poovu "The Fallen Flower" at a house here during a brief stay with his master Narayana Guru.
- Meenvallam Water Falls. Situated near Kalladikode is a famous water fall. Water fall is divided into number of smaller ones on top of other.It was a famous Hiking destination before the Hydro electric power Station proposed.
- Kanjirapuzha Dam and garden.about 37.4 km from Palakkad town. kanjirapuzha dam built for large area irrigation purpose, very beautiful place comfortable for visiting with family. And also available fresh water fish from Dam .
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