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Attappady is one of the largest tribal settlements in the state. The grandiloquence of this great symphony of forests, rivers and mountains is awe inspiring. Many tribals like the Irulas and the Mudugas live here, though their  population density is very low. The tribals worship the mountain peak ‘Malleeswaran’ as a huge 'Sivalinga' (the Linga is the venerated image of Lord Siva) and Sivarathri at the Malleeswaran Temple is the most important festival celebrated by the tribals. The Malleeswaran Peak and the River Bhavani have a tremendous influence on the lives of the tribals. The highland terrains are mostly fed by the tributaries of the river Cauvery. Located 38 km away from Mannarkkad in Palakkad, Attapady is situated on the northeastern side of the district and spread over an area of 827 sq km.

Major attractions

  • Tribal life
  • Malleeswaran Park
  • Bhavani River

How to reach there

  • Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 40 km from Mannarkkad.

  • Nearest airport: Coimbatore, in the neighboring state Tamil Nadu about  55 km from Palakkad.

  • Nearest bus station:  Nelippathy (16 km) and Mannarkkad 38 km

Best time to visit

September to May

Travel tips

  • PWD Rest House, a VIP Guest House and a few private hotels offer accommodation at Agali, 38 km northeast of Mannarkkad.  
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