Central Kerala

Palakkad

Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala from the north. Palakkad district has its own special characteristics. Palakkad is known as the Granary of Kerala. The district has vast stretches of lush green paddy fields, with tributaries of Bharathapuzha river-crossing it. Palakkad was known as Palghat during British rule. The name was later changed from Palghat to Palakkad by the government of Kerala.

Thrissur

With its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, Thrissur is called the Cultural Capital of Kerala. Thrissur pooram, a two century old festival celebrated with all pomp and splendor in the month of April/May, is the greatest attraction of Thrissur. The Guruvayoor Temple and the St. Thomas Chruch at Kodungalloore gives a religious recognition to Thrissur.

Ernakulam

Its one of the fastest growing places in Kerala. It is an important commercial and residential area. Cochin Carnival and Sivarathri festival celebrated on the bank of Periyar river, attract tourists from all around the world. Ernakulam is considered as the commercial capital of Kerala.

Idukki

Its the spice garden of Kerala. With the Sahya ranges occupying most of the geographical area, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and wooded valleys of Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, jungle walks and safaris, mountain treks, elephant rides etc.
Idukki is home to a large population of tribals, the main tribes being Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Ulladan, Malavedan and Malampandaram.