Nelliyampathy (40 km south of Nenmara)

Nelliyampathy is a hill station within the Nelliyampathy Forest Reserve, in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. The road to it, which goes through the dense forests of the Western Ghats, is known for its many hairpin turns. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. Hills are known for their enchanting beauty. Clad with clouds, this hill range requires the visitors to drive through scenic patches of coffee, cardamom and tea plantations. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. Nelliyampatty is blessed with immense flora and fauna. The adjourning forests regions have wild elephants, giant squirrels, sambars and leopards. One can find bisons, deers, peacocks, goats and cows commonly in plantation and farm areas. Much of the area is under plantations and farms.

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.

Palakkad Fort

The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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.

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.

Mangalam Dam

Mangalam Dam, built across the Cherukunnath River, a tributary of the Mangalam River is a popular tourism centre in Palakkad. The beautiful Mangalam reservoir is surrounded by forest area with a lot of wildlife. Boating facility is also available here.  The dam is located about 42 km south of Palakkad town near Vadakkencherry.
Kadappara Waterfalls(Monsoon) 20 kms from Mangalamdam is a visual treat for trekkers and nature lovers

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.

Thindillam Waterfalls

Thindillam Waterfalls located at 14 kms from vadakkenchery is another tourist getaway in monsoon.

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View Hotel JYOTHIS RETREAT's photo gallery, take a tour of the hotel through these images that offer a glimpse into the grandeur and magnificence of the hotel.

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Perspective view

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Seethargundu Viewpoint

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Front view

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