Coimbatore and Palakkad are ideal candidates for twin cities (or twin towns), if not for the State boundary that separates tham (and more importantly that Walayar check post). Palakkad is just about 45 KM from Coimbatore.
It seems some twin cities merge together to form a single city – The example of Buda and Pest expanding and forming a single city (Budapest, capital of Hungary) is given in Wikipedia – but that cannot happen here as these two cities are in two different states.
The road that joins Palakkad and Coimbatore is flat (and does not run on hills) as this gap is the only small portion of land that is not occupied by the Nilgiri hill ranges. So, its quite easy to go from Coimbatore to Palakkad – I went in my two wheeler. It seems this gap is responsible for the relatively cool weather that Coimbatore enjoys as cold air flows from Kerala, and is also responsible for hot summers in Palakkad as hot air flows from TN!
There are a lot of Malayalees in Coimbatore and lot of Tamilians in Palakkad. So, when I spoke to people in Tamil, they were easily able to understand, and a couple of people actually spoke to me back in Tamil! It seems there is a large population of Tamil people from Tanjavur, who migrated a few centuries ago.
But like how Coimbatore looks like a typical town in TN, Palakkad looks like a typical town in Kerala!, in spite of being so close and having a lot in common. One of the differences that I noticed is how the people of Palakkad have breathed life in the colour of paints they select for their houses.
I could have come up with a similar post with houses from Coimbatore as well. But it would have taken me 4 hours. But in Palakkad, clicking all these photos just took me one hour! More houses, have taken to bright and vibrant colours in Palakkad in contrast to the dull white/ yellow/ beige and other ‘lighter’ colours in Coimbatore.
The ‘ad’ hoardings (board display on roads) were quite huge, in Palakkad! Mostly they advertised clothing or jewelery with giant photos of actors and actresses – I saw Mohanlal, Prithviraj, Shreya Saran more prominently all along the way!
Most of these pictures were taken on the sub-urban areas of Palakkad. If you are not used to driving in Kerala, it can be quite difficult as the roads are well maintained but quite narrow without dividers (at least on the highways) – And busses there fly on the highways!
Of course, people do tend to think why someone is taking photos of their houses! One person was very curious, but I was very fast! In a couple of houses, the owners were right next to the gate and hence I was not able to click!
So, if you do come across your house in this post, please do not worry, as I wanted to showcase the brighter colours that I found fascinating with some Palakkad houses. But in spite of that if you want the photo removed, do comment below, or use the contact form (above) to let me know, and I will do it. BTW, this is no Google Street View 😛