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Palakkad

 Close to the Tamil Nadu border, Palakkad derives it's name from the Pala tree (Alsteria Scholaris) and Kadu (forest). It is always called the Gateway of Kerala. Palakkad lies at the foot of the gigantic Western ghats on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This district with mountains, forests and fertile valleys, rivers and mountains streams are rich in flora and fauna. Palakkad is known for its historical background and the remnants of Tippu Sulthan's Fort are still maintained. Malampuzha ParkBharathapuzha, kerala's longest river flows through it. Along with Idukki, it is the only district not to have a sea coast.The land is fertile and often called the granary of Kerala. Attapadi, an extensive mountain valley, is populated mainly by tribals. Malampuzha, 14km away is the site of a large irrigation dam as well as an amusement park.Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Silent Valley National Park are two wildlife reserves close to Palakkad. The district Area is about 4480 sqkm. Kunjan Nambiar the most famous of all Malayalm poets and the founder of thullal , a purely Kerala art form, was born in a small village in this district.
   Kunnathurmedu Sreekrishna Temple is located at the heart of the Palakkad Town. A beautiful Vigraha, (idol) depicting Sreekrishna as a child is an attraction of this temple. The main festival of the temple is Ashtami Rohini (Sreekrishna Jayanthi). It is the only Sreekrishna Temple in Palakkad Town. Kalpathy Car Festival is based on vedic Tamil Brahmin culture.The main centre of the festival is Kalpathy Sree Viswanathaswamy temple. The three satellite temples in the village of new Kalpathy ,old Kalpathy and Chathapuram also celebrate the festival this period.
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District Palakkad
Area ( in sq.km.) 4480
Population 2,617,072
Males 1,265,794
Females 1,351,278
Sex ratio : Females/1000 1068
Density of Population 584
Per Capita Income (in Rs) 18031
Literacy rate 84.31%; Male 89.73%; Female 79.31%
Coastal line in km. Nil
Water bodied area in ha. 10,920
Forest area in ha. 136257
Assembly Constituencies 1. Thrithala  
2. Pattambi 
3. Ottappalam  
4. Sreekrishnapuram
5. Malampuzha 
6. Palakkad
7. Mannarkkad 
8. Chittor
9. Kollankode 
10. Kuzhalmandam
11. Alathur
Taluks
Head Quarters
No. of Villages
Palakkad Palakkad
30
Chittoor Chittoor
31
Alathoor Alathoor
29
Mannarkkad Mannarkkad
25
Ottappalam Ottapalam
41
WEATHER
Monthly rainfall (m.m)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rainfall 0.1 29.3 205 85.3 43.1 508.2 290.6 464.3 160.1 13.7 82.7 34.4
Temperature
Max : 33.3 35.5 37.5 36.6 33.6 29.7 28.1 28.7 30.4 31.2 32.1 32.1
Mini : 21.7 22.6 24.1 25.1 24.6 23.2 22.2 22.9 23 23.2 22.9 22.1
Relative Humidity
Max : 69 67 70 78 81 89 92 91 88 85 78 72
Mini : 19.4 17.9 20.5 27.5 27.5 28.3 28.7 28 28.1 28.1 25.9 21.8
Source : Meteorological Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
 

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