Palakkad being one of the most fertile area is also popularly known as the “Granary of Kerala” is situated at the foot of the immense Western ghats.Palakkad was also known by the name Paalakkattusery.Legends says that Pallakad derives its name from the fact that the area was earlier filled with the Pala trees and it was a very dense forest called as Kadu.Thus Pala and Kadu soon got the name of Palakkad.It is also believed that Palakkad to be the biggest mountain pass in the world because it is atleast a forty kilometer stretch separating the two folds of the Western Ghats on Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.Palakkad belonging to the God’s own country is more of plains and less of small hillocks. Among most of the districts in Kerala Palakkad and Idukki are supposed to be the only two in Kerala which does not come along a seacost.History says that Pallakad has lot of association with the Paleololithic period and lot of megalithic relics have been discovered from here.Palakkad is of great interest to the tourist for it houses forts, museums and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. It has the longest river of Kerala flowing through the district which is Bharathapuzha.
HISTORY : Palakkad as mentioned earlier dates back to the Paleolithic period which is evident from the megalithic relics that is excavated from here. Recent records states that Palakkad was for long time under the reign of the Perumals and then their governors, the Utayavars.Later in the year 1757 Hyder Ali of Mysore made entry to free the land from the Zamorin.He did this under the request of the Raja of Palakkad.After Hyder Ali’s period Palakkad was under the reign of his son Tipu.But however after his defeat with the British in 1872 he surrendered all his Malabar territories to the British. Following this till Independence Palakkad came under the Presidency of Madras.
LOCATION : Palakkad in the state of Kerala lies near the Palghat Gap and it runs parallel to the west coast of India, and connects Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east.