Kannur - Palakkad (225 km / 4 hr)
Having enjoyed breakfast in Kannur hotel, proceed for Palakkad. It takes about four hours to reach Palakkad from Kannur. On arrival at Palakkad, check in at Palakkad hotel. Post lunch, move for leisurely sight-seeing of Palakkad which primarily includes Palakkad Fort and Kalpathy Vishwanath Swamy Temple. If you are present on auspicious dates of November, you can be witness to Kalpathy Ratholsavam festival.
Palakkad, the land of palm, is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and influenced by Karnataka as well. The so-called granary of Kerala, served as a corridor between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Being a fertile land and thriving trade centre, Palakkad emerged as a pivotal connect between east and west coasts of peninsular India.
The prime tourist attraction of Palakkad is Palakkad Fort, built by Haider Ali in 1766. Palakkad Fort is still in a highly preserved state. Built of granite, modified by the British in 1790 and presently being looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India, Palakkad Fort is situated in the heart of the city.
The devotees and tourists throng at Kalpathy Vishwanath Swamy temple to celebrate annual Kalpathy Ratholsavam festival. Kalpathy Vishwanath Swamy temple is highly regarded shrine of Lord Shiva as it is the oldest Shiva temple in Malabar. The Kalpathy Vishwanath Swamy temple was constructed in 1425 AD by the then king Kombi Achan. Earlier the worship and rituals in the temple used to be performed by the Nambudiries, the most revered Brahmins of Kerala but now-a-days, the rites and rituals are conducted by the Tamil Brahmins. Kalpathy Ratholsavam festival, celebrated in November, is prominently performed in Kalpathy Vishwanath Swamy temple. During this festival, the deity from Vishwanath Swamy temple is placed on three chariots- the main deity Shri Vishwanath Swamy and Goddess Parvathy on first chariot, Lord Vishweshwar on second chariot and Lord Subramanya Swamy on third chariot.
Later in the evening, return to Palakkad hotel for overnight stay.