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Palakkayam Thattu Complete Travel Guide

Palakkayam Thattu is a beautiful and well maintained hill station in Kannur. This lesser-known location is a misty mountain in the Western Ghats have an altitude of 3500 Ft from Mean Sea Level. Western Ghat Mountain Ranges are renowned for their rich bio-diversity. Paithalmala, Another famous hill station in Kannur District is just a few kilometers away from Palakkayam Thattu. This is one of the Safest hill stations in Kannur for spending time with family. If you visit here during the monsoons, you can witness the scene of the monsoon clouds hugging the hills along with the panoramic view of Western Ghats, which is just something that you cant express in words. Palakkayam Thattu is undoubtedly a Heavenly place for hangout with friends and family. It offers a good off road experience too if you are interested in off roading.

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A View of Palakkayam Thattu Photo: Shabi

It is a must-visit location for those who loves trekking and adventures. Several waterfalls (in rainy season) and mountain ranges adds the beauty of Palakkayam Thattu. You will have an unforgettable experience here. You will love the breeze, fog and the calm atmosphere in this less explored tourist spot. We are sure, Your visit will be a memorable experience. Don’t forget to have a hot cup of tea with your loved one from the peak, you would cherish that moment forever. Make sure you avoid plastic and littering which can help us to retain the beauty of Palakkayam Thattu. If you are interested in Off Road driving, you are welcome with your beast. The Wonderful Views of hills and valleys will definitely make you visit the spot again. We recommend to avoid visiting this place in weekends and holidays to enjoy, as this place is not that vast to accommodate the huge amount of visitors. There are a few shops here where you can get drinks and snacks. The Place is well maintained and a lot of staff is on duty. Toilets are clean and decent food and refreshments available.

Palakkayam Thattu is almost 56 Kilometers (34.8 Miles) away from Kannur Town. Nearest towns are Naduvil and Pulikurumba. To reach the top of Palakkayam Thattu you can either trek uphill or hire a taxi Jeep which will cost almost ₹200. After the Jeep ride, we should walk another 500 meters to reach the top of the mountain.

Reaching there you will be witnessing one of the most picturesque spots in Kerala. The birds eye view of green hills around with the biodiversity of western Ghats attracts many tourists to here.  At the top of the hill, walkways are set up by the Tourism Promotion Council, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Kannur. This is one of the best spots for Photographers, Trekkers, and Nature Enthusiasts in Kerala. The view of sunset from here is magnificent.


Palakkayam Thattu Route Map

Palakkayam Thattu is located at  50 km from Kannur and 28.5 km from Taliparamba. The nearest national highway is at Taliparamba is National Highway 66 which connects Goa and Mumbai in the north and Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in the South. The nearest town is Naduvil. When Driving from Kannur, The shortest route (55.8 km) is Kannur- Taliparamba – Oduvally – Naduvil – Mandalam – Palkkayam Thattu. When Driving From Taliparamba, another route is Taliparamba – Sreekandapuram – Chempanthotty – Naduvil – Palakkayam Thattu.  The nearest Railway station is Kannur Railway Station (CAN). The nearest Airports are  Kannur International Airport (CNN) and  Mangalore International Airport (IXE). If you Prefer Public Transport, KSRTC is operating several buses from Kannur and Taliparamba to Naduvil. Click here to View the KSRTC Bus timings from Taliparamba to Naduvil and here View the KSRTC Bus timings from Kannur to Kudiyanmala. If you are interested in traveling by a private bus several buses are operated from Taliparamba to Sreekandapuram and then Sreekandapuram to Naduvil.

Palakkayam Thattu Climate

Palakkayam Thattu receives a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. It will be better if you avoid visiting here during rainy season. Even though tourists visit here irrespective of season, there are two active tourist seasons. If you are a photographer, the best time to visit Palakkayam Thattu is the monsoon,  June to October. At this period one can witness mist covered mountains and never ending greenery with little showers. Remember to wear good shoes which completely covers your foot to protect against the leeches. As a result of the monsoon rains, the grasses grow to the walkways, which makes walking difficult. By the end of November, the paths will be cleared and trekkers can easily pass through the grasses. The second tourist season is January to March. At this time, The sun might be a little harsh, so take care before setting out for trekking. Always carry water with you. In evenings, the climate will be cool and calm so Palakkayam Thattu is great place to spend an evening.

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Things to be Taken Care of

  • Try to reach there in the proper time only. Which is before 10 AM or after 4 PM. Otherwise the area will be too Sunny.
  • There are many ways to reach Palakkayam Thattu, This may feel confusing to many people. Use Google Maps Navigation or hire a Taxi, if you are uncertain about the route.
  • Some roads to Palakkayam Thattu includes steeply inclined paths, So make sure that your vehicle is fit for such conditions if you plan to bring one.
  • Please do not drop plastic and other items in the area. Make use of trash cans provided there.
  • Take extra care not to slip off while riding two wheeler if it rains.
  • The area is under the supervision of security guards all the time, Feel free to ask anything about the place to them.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Station: Kudiyanmala :  100 /+91 9497 980864
  • Fire and Rescue: Taliparamba: 101 / 0460 220 7101

Palakkayam Thattu has two entry points with police guards. The Gates opens at 6 AM and remains open till 10 PM. It will be better if you park your car downhill and use a jeep to go uphill. The Jeep drivers are friendly and helpful. If you have a heavy duty vehicle and some experience in harsh driving conditions, you can try going uphill. The width of the road is less, so that take care while driving.  Kids and elder people are requested to make use of a local jeep to ensure their safety.

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