Out in the garden – One day trip to Malampuzha Gardens
Situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Malampuzha Gardens is an ideal place to spend a calm and quiet day. 10 km from the Palakkad town, the dam and the garden offers a calm and quiet evening.
For those who are up for a little adventure the ropeway will excite you.
Even though the garden is in bad shape due to lack of proper maintenance it doesn’t stop people from entering this tourist spot.
The iconic statue of the Malampuzha 'Yakshi,' by Kanayi Kunhiraman, the almost dried up garden, dam, children's park, rock garden, dry swimming pool, a lotus pool and the low-maintained fountain are some of the visiting spots here.
However, the major attraction here is the ropeway, which was first of its kind in the state. The ropeway across the garden gives a mesmerising sky view of the dam and the premises. The view from up there is absolutely breath-taking. The 20-minute roundtrip on the ropeway begins from the landing station near the dam. The cable car never stops for you to get in or get out, but as it hits you from the back, one has to push oneself into it. While getting out, one has to jump and run to the side to avoid being hit. Two persons can sit inside the cable car.
Next stop is the reservoir wall. Be warned that you have to climb the steps onto the wall. There is a photo gallery which offers a glimpse into the history of Kerala's largest irrigation dam. It is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1,849 metres and an earthen dam with a length of 220 metres. Strong but cool wind can be experienced while walking on the reservoir wall. There is an exit near the wind-mill to enter back to the gardens. The view from the top of the wall is spellbinding. Once you continue walking along the dam, you will reach Kava, a landscape that is picture perfect.
There are two suspension bridges across the river here which also attracts visitors.
Malampuzha also offers boating, but solely depends on the water level in the river.
A rock museum, fish aquarium and snake park also offers entertainment to tourists. There is also a children’s park here. The newly built aquarium complex, apart from the earlier fish shaped one, has an impressive collection of ornamental fishes and other water creatures.
Not too far from the Malalmpuzha gardens is the Fantasy Park, a water theme park for fun and thrill activities.
The Malampuzha Gardens, which could attract a large number of visitors is maintained so poorly that the visitors are sceptical. Though the newly painted Yakshi and Nandi statues offer a solace, the big chess board that existed earlier and the dilapidated food court complex offers the ground reality of the tourism spot.