Nemmara Vallengy Vela Temple Palakkad- Kerala
About Palakkad Attractions
Palakkad earlier known as Palghat, the land, in Kerala is supposed to have derived its name from the 'Pala' tree and 'Kadu' meaning forest. The whole area is said to have been covered by 'Pala' trees, in the past. This small and serene town has quite a few popular Palakkad tourist places that you can see during your trip.
Palakkad Places To Visit - Travelers Charm
The beauty of Palakkad tourist attractions, has its own charm that often force the tourists to come here again and again. Mnay Kings have ruled this city including the Britishers, this is one major reason that one see a perfect amalgamation of several native and tribal cultures in the Palakkad or Palghat tourist places. And one more thing when you are in this city do click lots of photos of Palakkad to take away the sweet memories of your trip with you.
Famous Palakkad Places To See
Unlike the other forts of the country, The Palakkad Fort, also known by the name of Tipu's Fort was built to enhance communication between Palakkad and Coimbatore. The fort was originally constructed by Hyder Ali, Tipu's father, however it fell into the hands of British in 1784 and Zamorins in 1790. Today, the fort is under the protection and care of the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). The fort is not only worth visiting because of its historical importance, rather it has a pleasant ambiance that encourages you to take a walk in the evenings. Moreover, the Children parks ensure that the place is full of cheerful and enthusiastic voices. There is also an auditorium and a small museum in the fort.
This temple is located just 3 km from the city centre on the banks of the Kalpathy river and is believed to be around 500 years old. The builder of the temple is supposed to be the Jain head of the time who went by the name of Inchanna Satur and is dedicated to Jain sage, Chandranathswamy. Inside the temple, the main division (1st one) contains an idol of Chandranathswamy while the other division have idols of Vijayalaxmi and Jwalamohini (in the 2nd division), Rishabhanathan (in the 3rd division) and the Parswanathan (in the 4th division). The interiors of the temple is marked by simplicity, so you have plain granite walls and unadorned main altar. There was a time when Jain population in the town consisted of 400 families. The number is much less now, still this temple commands the same respect as previously. The temple is open from 7 to 10.30 am and then from 5 to 7 pm.
This temple can be visited on your way to the Jain Temple in Jainmedu. The presiding deity here is Bhagvaty, an incarnation of Kannagi, the heroine of Tamil epic Silappadhikaram. In the evening, sharp at six, a small firework is set off as per the tradition (which can be witnessed in most of the other Keralese temples as well). The timing of the fireworks remain same all the time, so much so that the people around have no qualms in setting their clock on hearing the sound of the crackers.
This is the second of the two most important Bhagvati devi temple in Palakkad believed to be 1200 years old. The idol here is swayambu (self created) and is found on one side of the Sreekovil. The main idol of the temple was installed at a much later date. The Vela Festival is the main festival of the temple. The temple is open between 6 to 10.30 am and 5 to 7 pm.
This temple is located on the southern banks of river Kalpathy and is around 3 km from Palakkad. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva in 1425, is not a huge structure, nevertheless it has a huge flagpole which is put to good use during the annual Chariot festival. The festival, a huge crowd puller, continues for seven days and has people competing with each other to pull the elegantly beautified chariot supposed to be made sacred by the presence of Lord Shiva. On usual days, the temple is open from 5 to 11.30 am and then from 5 to 7.30 pm.
Past the Kumarapuram agraharam, on the banks of river Bharatapuzha, the Kumarapuram Temple was once a hotspot for vedic learning. The deity at the temple, Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathy has his consorts, Alamelu and Mangalambal accompanying him. Venkatachalapathy is equated with Lord Balaji of Tirupati and even the rites performed here are similar to the ones carried out at Tirupati. The temple is open between 6 to 10.30 in the morning and 5 to 7 in the evening.
An interesting legend associates itself with the temple. According to it, Goddess Bhagvati agreed to appear before a holy man but disappeared when she saw a number of people waiting for her. The holy man had, in his excitement, spread the news throughout the village which resulted in a devotees thronging in large number. However, the devotees did see her upraised hand as she was emerging from the temple. Since then, the deity is worshipped in three forms here - as Sarasawati in the morning, as Lakshmi in the noon and as Durga in the evening. Navrathri is celebrated with much fervour in this temple. It is 8 km from Palakkad.
This Shiva Temple is in southern part of Palakkad. The temple has conical roof and whitewashed walls replete with oil lamps. The woodwork and stone sculpture of the temple, it is said, were completed in a period of just one night. They are worth seeing. The main festival celebrated in the temple are Mahashivratri and Kartikpoornima. The temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and then from 5 pm to 7.30 pm.
The Gramam of Palakkad trace their story to a love story of a Kochi Prince who fell in love with a tribal girl of Palakkad. He was banished from his kingdom and the brahmins of Kochi refused to formalise the ceremonies when he settled in Palakkad. The prince did not give up and requested the brahmins from Tamil Nadu to oblige him. They did so and settled down in Palakkad. The area which they inhabited and its surrounding came to be known as gramam or agraharam. The gramam today encompass the areas of Kalapthy, Kumarapuram, Ramanathpuram, Ambikapuram, Chokkanathpuram. There are around 35 families that still follow the customs of the Tamil brahmins, viz., vedas and shashtra are passed down verbally from one generation to another.
Malampuzha has something to offer to everykind of visitor. There is a wonderful rose garden with 100 species of roses for your to savour, a Snake Park with large variety of reptiles to send a chilly sensation down your body, a ropeway ride at a height of 60 feet to view the garden from above, a Fancy park with as many as 20 ride options and a KTDC Garden House offering pedal boat, motor boats, row-boats and water scooters for a trip round the reservoir. If none of the above interest you, then you can simply have a look at the sculpture of bare bodied Yakshi (demon) with head flung back and raised fisted hands positioned close to ears. Malampuzha is an ideal picnic spot in every sense and is just 14 km from Palakkad.
The Silent valley National Park is highly popular in the state of Kerala, still it is one amongst those that are untouched by the passage of time. Its topographical seclusion ensured that the area remains uninhabited and continues to preserve the flora and fauna that house it. Visitors get very permission to explore a limited area and overnight stay is discouraged. A special permission needs to be sought from the Wildlife Warden for this purpose. The park is located on the Kundali Hills of Western Ghats, 65 km north east of Palakkad.
54 km south of Palakkad is Nellliyampathy, a hill station perched at a height of 4600 feet above sea level. The small town is perfect to soak in the magical beauty of hills, coffee, tea and orange plantations. Moreover, there are also opportunities to explore the dense forests and sight some exotic animals.
The Wildlife Sanctuary, 47 km from Palakkad is an excellent place to get a good sight of elephants, gaurs, chitals, sambhars, deers, Nilgiri langurs, wild dogs, leopards and not to forget tigers. The park occupies an area of 277 sq km between Annamalai hills and Nellliyampathy at a height of 980 - 4600 feet. There are three dams within the sanctuary where you can have the pleasure of boating amidst beauty.
This valley is famous for its population of tribal people mainly 'irolas' and 'mudugars'. The place is also perfect to enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains, rivulets streams and forests. The Shivalinga at the Malleshwaram peak is highly revered by the tribals and the festival of Shivratri is celebrated with much enthusiasm.