The Attappady hill station is home to many very old tribes and is a source of delight to anthropologists. The hilly terrain of this region is fed by the tributaries of the River Cauvery. Attappady Palghat is a beautiful synthesis of rivers, mountains as also forests. The Malleshwaram Peak in this area is worshipped by the tribals and other local people as a giant Shivalinga.
The peak offers opportunities for trekking. Other attractions of this hill station of Kerala are the Parambikulam-Aliyar Multipurpose project which consists of a series of dams that are interconnected by tunnels as well as canals that are at various elevations so as to harness the waters of the Rivers Parambikulam, Aliyar, Sholayar, Thunkadavu, Thenkkat and Palar. This project supports both irrigation requirements as well as power generation.
There are several tribal communities settled in Attappady. Tribals like Irulas and Mudugas are living here. The mountains and rivers in Attappady are attractive. The Malleeswaran temple in Attappady is most important to the tribals. On Sivarathri day, there will be festivities in the temple by the tribals.
The river Bhavani also has great influence in the area. The forests, mountains and rivers are inspiring in Attappadi.Because of the beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attapaddy is of great importance to anthropologists.