Ottapalam is a socio-culturally significant town in the PalaKKad district of Kerala. Situated on the banKs of the Bharathapuzha ( also called the Nila ). it has a rich cultural heritage and has played host to many historic events. Being the Headquarters of the taluK by the same name, it is one of the municipalities of the district. It used to be a major town of the erstwhile Valluvanad, during the reign of the Zamorins of Calicut
Ottapalam is well connected to a Calicut International Airport in Karippur,Cochin International number of major cities by road Airport in Nedumbassery , and Coimbatore International and rail. It has a prominent railway Airport are the nearest airports station in the Indian Railways network . A number of the major passenger and express trains stop here . The Palakkad - Shoranur passes through the town. Regular bus services (public as well as private) operate between Ottapalam and other major towns such as Thrissur, Palakkad, Pattambi, Guruvayur and Thiruvilwamala.