Palakkad has a quaint charm about her. The reason is that, with effortless grace, she is able to balance the past and the present. Historically, by virtue of its location, Palakkad has been a conduit for the influx of a plethora of influences from across eastern India, each of which has left an indelible mark on the adjacent districts. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, Palakkad provides an inlet for the rest of India to the state through a 32 to 40 m wide natural gap. The thriving trade, plantation and economic output of the district have helped in developing it into a commercial hotbed. The hilly terrain, patches of dense forest, crisscrossing rivers and fertile soil have earned Palakkad the sobriquet, 'the granary of Kerala'.