Palakkad or Palghat is a district in northern Kerala. It is also known as the gateway to Kerala due to the presence of Palghat Gap, which is a low mountain pass between Nilgiri hills and Annamalai hills.
Nestled in this gap are the pristine Dhoni waterfalls. Kerala forest department offers a hike on this trail which starts from the basecamp 12km away from Palakkad town.
How to reach:
Palakkad is well connected by train and bus with the major cities of southern India including Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore and Chennai.
We took a Kerala State bus from Trivandrum to Palakkad which cost us around ₹600 per person. The bus timings are very convenient. We traveled aboard a Scania multiaxle semi sleeper which dropped us at Palakkad at 0400 hrs in the morning after 7 hours of on-road journey.
Where to stay:
Unfortunately Palakkad does not have any cool hostels you can hang out at. However, a lot of budget hotels and homestays are available. Booking can be made through any travel planning website of your choice. We landed a deal for ₹800 for three people per night through Yatra.
The lodge where we stayed was called Apex Residency. It was walking distance (1.7 km) from the bus stop and is right opposite the Palakkad town railway station. We were able to do an early check-in at 0500 hrs in the morning, but had to pay extra for a delayed checkout the next day.