Attappadi

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Attappadi Reserve Forest is a protected area comprising 249 km² of land covering the westernmost part of the 745 km² Attappadi block of Mannarghat Taluk in Palakkad district of Kerala, south India.

Attappadi is an extensive mountain valley at the headwaters of the Bhavani River nestled below the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is bordered to the east by Coimbatore district in Tamilnadu, on the north by the Nilgiris, south by the Palghat taluk and on the west by Karimba, Pottassery and Mannarghat revenue villages of Mannarghat taluk of the Palghat District and Ernad taluk of the Malappuram district.

The elevation of Attappati valley ranges from 750 meters (2,460 ft) to the Malleswaram peak at 11°6′32″N 76°33′8″E which rises to 1,664 meters (5,459 ft) from the center of the valley. The Bhavani River flows from the Northwest around the mountain in a tight bend past Attappadi village and continues to the Southeast.

The Sivarathri festival is celebrated at the chemmannur Malleswaran temple by the tribals during the month of February/March. The Malleswaran peak is worshipped as a gigantic Shivalinga by the adivasis who celebrate the Sivarathri festival there with great fervour.

At the Ayyappan temple in Agali, Ayyappan Vilakku is celebrated in January. The feast of Sehion Pentecost is celebrated in Sehion Retreat Centre Thavalam in June. The retreat sermons in the Calvary Mount Shrine in Jellippara St. Peter's Catholic Church in the 40th Friday of the lenten season is very attractive to all people. The way of the cross to the Calvary Mount Shrine from Jellippara Parish church in the Good Friday is also a celebrative mood for Christians.

How to reach:

By Road : Get to Mannarkkad by bus from Palakkad city (30 km)  and you can catch a bus or can rent a Jeep or taxi.

By Rail:  Palakkad is the nearest railway station, just 55 KM.

By Air:Coimbatore international airport is the nearest one, which is 68 KM and Calicut international airport is just 98 KM away

 

Nearest Destinations
Chingam Chira
Dhoni Waterfalls
Nelliampathi
Palakkad Fort
Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam

 

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