situated on the northeastern side of the district of Palakkad and spread
over an area of 827 sq. kms has the largest tribal settlement.
Located 38 kms from Mannakkad, the place consists of mostly hilly highland
terrain, fed by the tributaries of the River Cauvery.
An extensive mountain valley above the crest of the Ghat ranges with
numerous rivulets of the Bhavani River, Attapady is inhabited mainly by
tribes and some settlers from Tamil Nadu.
A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attapaddy is of
great interest to anthropologists, as this is the habitat of many tribes
like the 'irolas' and 'mudugars'.
The Malleshwaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic 'Shivalinga', by the
tribals who also celebrate the festival of Shivratri with great gusto. The
tribals celebrate the festival by lighting the top of this peak.
Silent Valley National Park, Siruvani Drinking Water Reservoir are the
tourist centres of the valley. The highest peak in the district is situated
here. A PWD rest house and a few private hotels offer accommodation at