Malampuzha Garden (10 km from Palakkad):
This famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats. There are frequent buses to this place from Palakkad.
The garden (Open 1000 - 1800 hrs) :
Lush green lawns, Well laid-out flower beds, Cool pools, fountains and pathways, Rock garden Rose garden has over a hundred varieties, An aerial ropeway across the garden. Ph: 2815280, the dams and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from 1900 - 2000 hrs. On other days they are illuminated on request for a fee. Ph: 2815140
Boating and fishing facilities are available here. Pedalboats, rowboats, water scooters and motorboats can be hired from 1000 - 1800 hrs. A well maintained swimming pool (Tuesday holiday) A fresh water aquarium (Open 1100 - 2000 hrs & 1300 - 2100 hrs on holidays) A snake park (Open 0800 - 1800 hrs) A children's park
The passenger ropeway (Open 1000 - 1300 hrs & 1430 - 2000 hrs):
This is the first of its kind in South India Ph: 2815129 Toy train Adults: Rs. 5, Children between 3-12 yrs: Rs. 3. Ph: 2815280
Fantasy Park :
(Open 1000 - 1830 hrs on weekdays and 0930 - 1900 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays). Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.450/- Child (below 4 feet height) entry Rs.300/- Ph: 2815122, 2815124
Pothundy (45 km from Palakkad):
Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.
Dhoni (15 km from Palakkad):
It takes a three hour trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall.
Mangalam Dam (50 km from Palakkad):
A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukunnath river, a tributary of the Mangalam river.
Siruvani (46 km north of Mannarkad and 48 km from Palakkad):
The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (110 km from Palakkad):
Sprawled across 285 sq. km, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady offer accommodation. A tree house in the reserve forest area in Thoonakkadavu has to be booked in advance. The oldest teak tree, kannimari is found here.
Permitting authority: Divisional Forest Officer, Parambikulam, Thoonakkadavu Ph: 04253- 277233
Nelliyampathy (40 km south of Nenmara):
This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The DTPC Palakkad offers accommodation in the tourist resort with all facilities (6 double rooms and 2 dormitories).
Silent Valley National Park (40 km northwest of Mannarkad):
The 89.52 sq. km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha, which flows through the valley before merging into River Bharathapuzha. Permitting authority: Asst. Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mukkali, Ph: 04924-253225.