- Area - 827 sq. kms
- Best time to visit Malampuzha - August to March.
- Temperature: 0oC - 25oC
Malampuzha a major tourist attraction is in the site of a large
irrigation dam built across the Bharathapuzha. The town is set at the
base of the hills of the Western Ghats and around the large reservoir
are beautiful rose gardens and amusement parks for children as well as
facilities for boat cruises in the reservoir. The famous work 'Yakshi'
done by Kerala's famous sculptor Kanai Kunhiraman is another attraction
in this garden.
Home to several tourist attractions, it is
hardly surprising that the quaint hill station of Malampuzha is today
one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. If you are
planning a holiday in Malampuzha, make sure you visit the following
tourist attractions of Malampuzha:
- The Malampuzha Gardens
The Malampuzha Gardens is
also referred to as the Vrindavan of Kerala. The combination Western
Ghats with the tranquil water of the reservoir created by Malampuzha
Dam makes for one fascinating location. The garden has numerous
green lawns, impressive flower beds, gorgeous pools, and relaxing
fountains. The garden offers pedal-boat rides on an artificial
canal. This endeavor is a great way to see the garden and also an
excellent way to exercise. There are several rest spots scattered
throughout the garden. Some of these spots are covered whereas
others are left in the open.
- Snake Park
Located in the same area as Malampuzha Dam
and Malampuzha Gardens, is the Snake Park. This park is ultimately a
snake rescue and rehabilitation center. It is a safe place for
snakes to get help if they have been found out in nature injured.
Likewise it is a safe place for humans to see with their own eyes a
variety of snakes. Because of how these snakes are housed and
handled, there is no danger to those that want to observe these
cold-blooded reptiles. There is nothing amateur about this park, as
it is managed by the Forests Department. Several different varieties
of snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous can be found at the
snake park at any given time.
- Hanging Bridge
- Road Train
- Telescopic Tower
- Rock Garden
Amongst the magnificent surroundings
located at Malampuzha is South India's first rock garden. It is in
the same area as the Malampuzha Dam and the Malampuzha Gardens.
World renowned Padmshree Nekchand of Chandigarh sculpted the rock
garden. This garden is every bit as impressive as the surrounding
greenery in a different way. The artistry in which the rocks were
organized is something to behold. With its surrounding landscape
i.e. Western Ghats, this rock garden is a rather inspirational place
to sit and ponder on life without many distractions.
- Fantasy Park
Fantasy Park is an amusement park that
was designed by Neo Tech Amusements and Resorts Ltd. This amusement
park won the Best Innovative Tourism Product in the State by the
Kerala tourism department in 1998. Every single day there are
thousands of people that come to enjoy this family park. There are
beautiful gardens and fountains to enjoy as well as a wide variety
of amusement park rides to experience. Food places are available
right at the park for your convenience.
- Malampuzha Dam
Work on the Malampuzha Dam was begun
in 1949. Six years later it was completed and dedicated in 1955. The
dam's capacity is 115.06 meters. The dam created the largest
irrigation system in Kerala with a network of canals. This reservoir
is in a majestic setting. It is located in the Western Ghats with
the Ghats towering over the reservoir. The landscape by the dam is
green and incredibly beautiful. The Malampuzha Garden is located
right by the dam. The reservoir created by the dam is used as a
boating destination by many people including tourists.
The Malampuzha Dam forms a beautiful water
reservoir. This reservoir is located right in the middle the
Malampuzha Gardens. The famous garden is made lush and green from
the existence of this reservoir, and the reservoir in turn is given
a picturesque surrounding from the garden. This water basin is used
for both fishing and boating. Locals as well as tourists like to
take advantage of this magnificent water experience. The beautiful
gardens are viewed well from a boat on the reservoir. It the boating
and fishing provide relaxation while enjoying the breathtaking
- Yakshi Statue
The Yakshi Statue is yet another
interesting feature in the Malampuzha area. It sits directly in the
Malampuzha Gardens and is set off beautifully by the greenery that
surrounds it. This statue is an enormous rock sculpture of Yakshi
created by the renowned sculptor Kanai Kanhiraman. Yakshi is
traditionally thought of as an enchantress, and this persona adds to
the intrigue of this magnificent piece of art. To make this statue
even more impressive, the entire huge piece was carved out of one
single piece of granite. It definitely takes a master artist to
manage creating such magnificence with only one huge piece of rock.
- Udan Khatola
The Udan Khatola is one of the most
loved attraction at Malampuzha Gardens. It is the only Passenger
Ropeway in South India and is a unique and impressive way to survey
the scenery below. This ropeway allows you to travel above the
garden, at a height of 60 feet. This height allows you to have a
fantastic look at the green garden below, but also of the impressive
Western Ghats. The ride is very safe and takes twenty minutes. The
ride has two-seater chairs which are 64 in number. These have
transparent hoods that provide both clear view of Malampuzha Gardens
and safety as well. The cost for a ride ranges from Rs. 30 to Rs.
150, depending on your situation.
- Thread Garden
The thread garden is an extremely
unusual garden to visit. This garden contains flowers and plants,
but remarkably these flowers and plants are not real Not only are
they fake, but they are made of thread. These thread flowers and
plants are not even created using a machine or even a needle. These
intricately made flowers and plants are all created by being woven
by hand. Even more remarkable is that there are not just a few of
these flowers on display. There is an entire flower garden made of
thread to meander through. This exploring experience is awe
inspiring as one ponders the time and effort that went into creating
such a magnificent sight.
Thenkurussi is a small village that is
well known for its rich and varied heritage. There are several
famous temples located there. These famous temples include the Siva
Temple, the Thayankavu Temple, and the Elamannam Sanakaranarayanan
Temple. Each of these temples has a fascinating history. For
example, the Thenkurussi Siva Temple has a history that goes back
several centuries. The Siva Temple was originally built by Kozhikode
Saamoothiris, although today it is governed by the Local Kshetra
Committee. Thenkurussi is especially popular to visit during the
festivals. The temples at this time are a draw for people from the
area as well as for tourists.
wide variety of amusement opportunities exist in Malampuzha, thus it has
become one of the finest places to visit in India. No matter what
activities you are looking to participate in, Malampuzha can deliver.
If you are drawn to breathtaking views, this gem of a city has
plenty such sights to offer thanks to the greenery as well as the Ghats
themselves. If you want to experience some exotic animals, this area can
provide you with that possibility. Water activities and relaxing gardens
are also possible in the area. How to Reach
Malampuzha Hill Station of Kerala
- By Air
Coimbatore is the nearest airport to the hill
station of Malampuzha and is located around 55 km from Palakkad,
which in turn is just about 40 km from Mannarkkad. If you are
traveling to Malampuzha from Cochin the distance that you have to
traverse is around 160 kms while Trivandrum is located at a distance
of around 382 kms away from Malampuzha.
- By Rail
The nearest railway station to the quaint
hill station of Malampuzha is at Palakkad, which is just around 5
kms away from the main city of Malampuzha. Palakkad is one of the
most important junctions of the Southern Railways.
- By Road
Malampuzha is well- connected to almost all
its neighboring districts by smooth roads and an efficient system of
local transport. The region is also well- linked to several
districts of Tamil Nadu by well- maintained motor-able roads. A
number of bus services also provide service to the region,
connecting Malampuzha with a number of other cities like Trichur,
Guruvayoor, Cochin, Calicut, Kottayam and Trivandrum.