Malampuzha is a small town located in the foothills of the Western Ghats and derives it’s name from the Malapuzha River. Situated at a distance of 8 kilometres from Palakkad, Malapuzha is a lush green tourist spot that comprises of the Malapuzha Dam, the reservoir and it’s catchment area. The place is very much scenic with the Western Ghats forming the backdrop to the dam and the Malampuzha garden on the other side.
The main attractions are the Malampuzha Ropeway, Fresh Water Aquarium, Snake Park, Rock Garden and the Horticlture Development Farm.The dams and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays from 19.00 – 20.00 hrs. Other places of tourist importance aound Malampuzha include Kanjirapuzha Dam, Siruvani Dam, Fantasy Park, Meenvallam and Attila Waterfalls, Nelliampathy, Silent Valley National Park and Palakkad Fort. The best time to visit this place would be from September to February.
Getting there and around
Malampuzha Distance Chart
Palakkad-8kms | Trivandrum-354kms | Kozhikode-131kms | Cochin-151kms | Coimbatore-52kms |Thrissur-74kms|
Things to do
The main activities you can indulge in are adventure ride on the ropeway, photography, bird watching, stroll through the garden, explore the dam, trekking,boating, and drop in by the fresh water aquarium, snake park and the rock gardens.
Things to carry
- Cap/Sunscreen lotion
Malampuzha – My Experience
With christmas just a few days ahead, and a Munnar trip on the cards, we were almost sitting bored at Cherpulassery with nothing much to do. That is when we thought of driving to Malampuzha to explore the place as well as experience the ride in the famous ropway. We lazily got ready and started our journey to Malampuzha. We choose to drive via Ottapalam and in another one and a half hour we reached Palakkad. The road, I bet would be one of the best in Kerala. We reached Malampuzha dam by 11.30AM, and the first thing that we did was to have a bit of adventure on the Malampuzha Rope Way. We parked our car at the parking slot near to the rope way and headed towards the ticket counter to buy the tickets. It costed us Rs40/person, for the tickets. There wasn’t much rush and we comfortably got ourselves a carrier on the ropeway. It took off quite smoothly from one side of the dam to the other, slowly cruising at a height of 60 feet. The total ride is over a distance of 1252 meters (to and fro) and on the way we got a bird’s eye view of the Malampuzha gardens, the Malampuzha Dam, the hanging bridges and the people enjoying the boat ride in the canal below.
After driving for three to four kilometers, the road started deteriorating and we decided to stop and return to the main gate. On the way back we took a deviation across a narrow bridge to the Malampuzha PWD Guest House. We could see the dam, the reservoir and the gardens from there.
We then headed back to the main gate, parked the vehicle at the parking slot and visited the Fresh Water Aquarium. The aquarium was well maintained and was home for different species of fresh water fishes…….Oscar, Gaurami, Sucker Catfish to name a few!!!!. The entry fee was 10/person. Since photography was prohibited I had to walk out without a single photo of the place ….:(
Next we headed straight to the main gate. Having seen the Malampuzha garden and the hanging bridge from the rope way, we did not visit the garden again. Moreover the garden seemed to have lost it’s past glory. Next we headed straight to the Snake Rehabilitation Center. Watching the snakes (different types, sizes and colors) crawling around in a zig zag manner, was fun.
The last place of visit, and infact the best in line was the Rock Garden. Termed as “Modern art at its best” , the rock garden is the first of it’s kind in South India and the second one in India. This impressive collection of artwork was conceived and designed by renowned sculptor and Padma Shree laureate Neck Chand Saini. Made from different varieties of rocks, waste pieces of tiles, granites, stones, electricity fuse carriers, power insulators, broken bangles, dishware, crockery, shells and other objects, these beautiful sculptures, paintings and statues were a treat to the eyes. Considering all the places that I had visited in Malampuzha the Rock Garden truly stands out. It is a must visit place in Malampuzha.
Contradictory to the title of the article ”Malampuzha – The Vrindavan of Kerala , Malampuzha is far from being one. The gardens have lost it’s past glory and badly needs a face lift. The ropeway and the rock garden are definite crowd pullers and stands as landmarks, next to the Malampuzha dam. I would suggest this place for anyone traversing Palakkad or Malampuzha and has a few hours of time to spend. This is a great picnic spot for children and has the right blend of fun and adventure for them.