Palakkad ( Kerala , South India)
Formerly known as Palghat, it has dense forest and is famous for the timber trade. Described as the granary of kerala, it is situated on the border of Tamil Nadu in the foot hills of Western Ghats. In its natural setting of streams, rivers and forest, a fort was built by Haidar Ali of Mysore in 1766. The famous Shiva temples at Kalpathi near Palakkad attract huge crowds during the annual car festival. Recently, the place has been developed as an industrial centre by starting a few manufacture units around the locality.
MALAMPUZHA DAM : A huge lake been created by constructing a dam across the river Bharatpuzha at the foot-hills of Western Ghats. There are beautiful landscaped gardens and highly attractive terrace garden and colorful flower beds developed below the dam. There are special attractions for children such as toy train, mini zoo, aquarium and swimming pool. This is one of the best places for picnic as boating facilities are also available in the lake.