Location: 38 km from Mannarkkad, Palakkad district,
Situated on the north-eastern side of the district
and spread over an area of 827 sq km. 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 the density of their population is very low. The tribals
worship the mountain peak "Malleeswaran' as a huge 'Siva-linga'
(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.
A PWD Rest House, a VIP Guest House and a few private hotels offer
accommodation at Agali, 38 km northeast of Mannarkkad.
Nearest railway station : Palakkad about 40 km from
Nearest airport : Coimbatore in neighbouring State of Tamilnadu
about 55 km from Palakkad.