Malampuzha Dam is the second largest reservoir in Kerala. Located near Palakkad in South India with the scenic hills of the western Ghats in the background. It is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1849 m. The dam is 377.5 feet hight and crosses the Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathpuzha, Kerala’s second river. There is a network of two canal systems that serve the dam’s reservoir of hectares.
The dam project was began in 1949 and completed in 1955. It was only after India’s Independence on 27 March 1949, that the then public works minister Sri. M. Bhakthavalsalan laid foundation stone for the project; Palakkad was a part of the madras presidency during those times. The dam was constructed in recorded time, and on October 9, 1955 the then the Chife Minister of Madras, Sri. K. Kamaraj inaugurated the dam. The total catchment area is 147.635 square kilometers , while the reservoir has a capacity of 226 mm of water. The canal systems serve to irrigate farm land while the reservoir provides drinking water to Palakkad and surrounding villages.
Some major attraction near Malampuzha dam are entrance garden, Yakshi garden, Japanese garden, upper garden and view point, cable car ride, fish shaped aquarium, Toy train for etc.
Around the reservoir of the dam are beautiful gardens and amusement parks. Boating facilities are available on the lake. Other attractions in the malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway which takes you on an aerial tour of the park, and the gigantic Yakshi (an enchantress) sculptured by Kanai Kunhiraman, a renowned sculptor of Kerala.
The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials. The garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The dam was conceived as a multi-purpose project to provide water for irrigation, drinking, industries, power generation dan fish farming. However, plans for water transport was dropped from the initial phase itself, and later, boating services for leisure was started. Soon after the inauguration of the dam, Palakkad and malampuzha became a part of the newly formed Kerala State. Kerala Government started the malampuzha Gardens on the front side of the dam. Later, various other features were added like the Rock Gardens, an aquarium, Snake Park and Rope Way.
In 2012, major renovation works started in malampuzha Gardens as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. The dam was re-painted, and a huge LED Hoarding was placed on top of the dam. The entire garden was demolished for constructing a new and modern garden. At a cost of Rs. 21.57 crores, a new garden was created which has made malampuzha Gardens the best tourist destination of Kerala.
The dam and the gardens are open from 9:00 AM in the morning to 8:00 PM in the evenings on all days.
What’s great on Malampuzha?
Noise free, Séance environment Surrounded by greenery wo great? Limited options as the place only offer sightseeing and relaxation
Malampuzha is a good place to go with our family for an outing or a picnic it’s tucked away from the busy town. So we can spend peaceful evening there.