Nestled at the foothills of the Western Ghats, Mannarkkad offers beautiful mountains interspersed with hills, rivers, forests and streams. Explore the region’s natural diversity at nearby wildlife sanctuaries and national parks and learn about its cultural heritage at a historic fort and temple complex.
Things to do
Explore the region’s history at Palakkad Fort, considered one of the most well-preserved forts in South India. Wander through ruins dating back to 1776 AD, then admire the colorful Hanuman Temple and the intricate crescent moon detail in its spire.
Are you a history enthusiast? Visit the Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex and meander around the famous Viswanatha Swamy Temple. Here you can marvel at ancient Indian scriptures and women dressed in traditional attire with sacred thread.
For a family-friendly day out in nature, head to the UNESCO-listed Silent Valley National Park. Traverse the adventurous trails winding through lush jungles for the chance to spot lion-tailed macaque and admire over 100 species of orchids and ferns.
If wildlife watching is on the itinerary, take a day to the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Here you can see a 350-year-old Kannimara teak tree, believed to be the biggest in the world at 47 meters tall. There are also jungle safaris that offer the chance to spot leopards, tigers, elephants and flying squirrels in their natural habitats.
You can access Mannarkkad by flying into Calicut International Airport, located 70 kilometers away, or by taking a train or bus from one of the nearby cities. The most convenient modes of transportation around Mannarkkad include taxis and auto rickshaws.