The Fort in Palakkad, Kerala is right in the center of the city. It seems this fort was constructed by Hyder Ali (Father of Tippu Sultan), and it was intended to connect Mysore rulers with the North Kerala/ Western TN regions.
Malampuzha Dam doesn’t have the scenic location or views like the Azhiyar Dam in Pollachi, but whatever is around this dam, has been painfully and beautifully constructed to make it a good picnic spot. When I went, the famous Malampuzha gardens were being renovated and hence it was closed temporarily for visitors. Malampuzha Dam is around 7-8 KM from Palakkad, on road.