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Thiruvalathoor
(10 km from Palakkad):
The ancient temple here has some fine wood work and stone sculptures.

Kottayi (15 km via Poodur from Palakkad):
This tiny village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.

Lakkidi (30 km from Palakkad):
Killikkurissimangalam at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the 18th century satirist and exponent of the Tullal (classical art form). The poet's house has been preserved as a monument by the State Government.

Thiruvalathoor (10 km from Palakkad) :
The ancient temple here has some fine wood work and stone sculptures.

Ottappalam (35 km from Palakkad):
The town is known for its numerous places of worship and their colourful festivals.

Chittur Gurumadam (Thekkegramam near Arikkode):
Located on the banks of the River Sokanasini (the destroyer of sorrows), this is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. A srichakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus, wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here.

Thenari:
It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, located in front of the old Sree Rama Temple here, is as sacred as the waters of the Ganges.

Jain Temple of Jainimedu:
Situated on the western suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 feet long, 20 ft. wide granite temple displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. The region around the temple, known as Jainimedu, is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poem Veenapoovu (The fallen flower).

Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple:
This temple in Palakkad district dates back to the 14th century while its koothambalam (temple theatre) was probably added in the 15th or 16th century.

The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple: :
Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.

 



Attappady: (38 km north-east of Mannarkad)

A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes like the Irulas and Mudugars. The Malleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the tribals who also celebrate the Sivarathri festival with great gusto. A PWD Rest House, and a few private hotels offer accommodation at Agali.

 

 

Events

Kalpathi Ratholsavam
Annual chariot festival at Viswanatha Temple (November)

Vela at Manappulli Kavu:
Annual festival at the Bhagavathy Temple (March)

Nenmara Vallengi Vela
Annual festival at the Bhagavathy Temple at Nellikkulangara near Nenmara, on the Pooram day of the Malayalam month of Meenam (February/March).
Highlight: Fireworks displays.

Konganpada of Chittur:
Annual festival of ritual drama at the Chittur Kavu Bhagavathy Temple (February/March)

Pattambi Nercha:
The festival is conducted in memory of Aloor Valia Pookkunjikoya Thangal, noted Muslim saint of South Malabar (January - February)

Pooram at Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple:
Highlights: Elephant procession, Panchavadyam, Velattu, Thira / Theyyam, Pootham, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, Karivela, Tholpavakoothu, Kumbhamkali (February)

Pooram at Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple:
Highlights: Tholpavakoothu, Kalamezhuthupattu, Pootham, Thira, Karivela, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Kathakali, Chakyarkoothu, Elephant procession (February)

Kaalapoottu:
This exciting ox race is an agrarian sport held in the Malayalam month of Makaram (January)

Art Forms

Kanniyarkali:
An art form exclusive to the Nair community of the district of Palakkad. Kanniyarkali is performed in temples as well as Nair centres (March/April).

Pavakkoothu:
This shadow play is performed at the Bhagavathy temples of Palakkad (March/April)


 

 

 

 

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