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Due to the proximity to the Western ghats, Palakkad becomes the point of entry for the north east monsoon into Kerala. The rice bowl of Kerala, has vast stretches of lush green paddy fields, with tributaries of Bharathapuzha river (Kunthipuzha etc), and fishponds (Meenkara) forming sliver streaks in between. The high ranges and the weather of the place has also gifted the place with not just velvet carpets of several tea and coffee estates (Sholayar, Attappadi etc), but also orange estates- probably the only ones in the state.
Monsoon time in this district is an enchanting experience.Silent Valley , the dense green natural forest, belongs to this district. There is also a well maintained wildlife sanctuary at Parambikulam. Apart from the repertoire of natural beauty, Palakkad also showcases the famous Tippu Sultans Fort walls, splendidly built dams (Malampuzha, Siruvani, Meenkara, Aliyar etc) and a few temples. The amusement park at Malampuzha, with its beautiful gardens, childrens park, aquarium and ropeway is a fabulous place for family entertainment.
Monsoon in the green valley makes it all the more lush and picturesque.This is the landmark of Palakkad, the rice bowl of Kerala.The magnificent fort that has changed hands many times (the Mysore rajahs, the East India Company, the Zamorins etc.) along the course of history is one of the must see historical places of Kerala. The structure that dates back to the 1700s, is also a brilliant case of architectural brilliance.
The location to the West of the fort, known by the name Kottamaithanam, is where Tippus cavalry once camped. The vast ground in the area is usually the venue for many exhibitions, fairs and conventions. The childrens park in the area is a major amusement. There is also a vast open air stadium called Rappadi in the locality.
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