Palakkad

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Palakkad

(pälək-käd`) or formerly

Palghat

(pälgôt`), 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 AliHaidar Ali
or Hyder Ali
, 1722–82, Indian ruler. A Muslim of peasant stock, he rose by military brilliance to command the army of the Hindu state of Mysore.
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, is now a district administrative headquarters and a trading and transportation center.
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