Malampuzha ropeway clocks 29 years; still woos visitors
The ropeway (cable car) at Malampuzha dam has a special place in the hearts of Keralites. Considered to be the first of its kind in South India, the ropeway will turn 29 on Monday.
Operated by a private company under state government, it was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister K Karunakaran on October 26, 1991. The operations are managed by Usha Breco Limited.
The ropeway is 60 ft. high from the ground and is of 1.26km length. The adventurous ride on the cable car above the gardens provide a soul-stirring experience and a mesmerising view of the distant Western Ghats and the reservoir.
There are 64 cable cars and two persons can board one. The ropeway starts at 10 am and ends at 7 pm. With Covid protocol in place, there are some changes in the numbers and timings.
The cost of the 20-minute ride is Rs 80 including GST and flood cess. Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) costs Rs 243.
The contract for Usha Breco Ltd was given a 33-year contract for operational management. Maintenance works are carried out every 6 months.
Similar ropeway under Usha Breco Ltd has begun at the Jatayupara located in Chadayamangalam, near Kollam.