Palghat (pälgôtˈ) [key], town (1991 pop. 180,033), Kerala state, SW India. It commands the Palghat Gap, the major pass for road and rail through the Western Ghats, connecting the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Palghat, of strategic importance in the British wars with Hyder Ali, is now a district administrative headquarters and a trading and transportation center.

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