Palakkad pälək-käd´ [key] or formerly Palghat pälgôt´ [key], town (2011 pop. 130,955), Kerala state, SW India. It commands the Palakkad, or Palghat, Gap, the major pass for road and rail through the Western Ghats, connecting the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Palakkad, of strategic importance in the British wars with Haidar Ali , is now a district administrative headquarters and a trading and transportation center.
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