quite hill station in the midst of tea plantations
a hill station on the way to Thekkady
hill station and wild life sanctuary
the leading hill station of Kerala.
where three rivers merge
the main commercial city of Kerala state is 82 km away from Palai
It is a plantation town, which is deeply attached to the plantation of natural rubber. It also has trade in spices such as pepper, ginger etc. Indeed, before rubber became common around the middle of 20th century, Palai was noted for its spices. A particular brand of pepper called Palai Pepper was then quoted in the London market.
People of Palai are largely dependent on agriculture, particularly rubber. The good price of natural rubber for nearly half a century has made the people here prosperous. Historically the people are hard-working and attached to land.
Palai can be visited throughout the year but the heavy monsoon months of June and July may be avoided, as roads are likely to be flooded. Also, the extreme summer months of March-May are quite warm and sultry. But like the rest of Kerala temperature rarely goes above 35C or below 22C at any time during the year.