There are a lot of attractions in and around Malampuzha and Malampuzha Gardens which includes south India’s First Rope way, rock garden etc. We have listed 18 attractions which you should not miss at Malampuzha.
The main attraction is of course the Dam, the walkway and the scenic beauty in and around the dam and the view of reservoir and the Western Ghats.
The next main attraction here is the Malampuzha Garden reconstructed as the miniature of the world famous Mughal Gardens. Located in the front side of the Dam and spread across an area of 28.5 acres the Malampuzha Garden is full of lush green lawns with well laid-out flower beds. Nandi Park and Krishna Park are a part of the Gardens. There are pathways to watch and enjoy variety of fountains and marvellous sculptures and a canal flowing through the middle of the garden. The dam and the garden is illuminated at nights on Weekends and Public Holidays. The entire garden is under video surveillance under the Tourism Police.
Pure Drinking Water, Food Court, Toilet, Wheel Chair, Shopping Court, Boating, Public Address System, Security Officers at important points etc are available at the garden.
There is a Children’s park inside the Malampuzha Gardens with lots of recreational and enjoyment facilities for children. The park has a lot of slides, see-saws, merry-go-rounds, swingsets, overhead ladders and other enjoyments and activities for children. There is also a Toy train that goes round the Children’s park. The Children’s Park is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
A toy train is available in the garden which began its service from the beginning of 2014. Build in the form of a metro model the toy train attracts everyone especially small children. The train is decorated with cartoon characters. The train has 6 passenger bogies and one diesel powered engine cabin. Your children will definitely love it.
The Hanging Bridge
There is a hanging bridges running across the Malampuzha canal. The view of the garden from the bridge is awesome.
Sculpture of Yakshi
Within the Malampuzha Gardens is a large sculpture of Yakshi (an enchantress) created by the famous sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman. The statue has been carved out of a large single rock and is said to be inspired from the female protagonist of a novel of same name by Malayattur Ramakrishnan.
The Malampuzha Garden also has a musical fountain. It operates in the park after 6:00 PM.
There is a swimming pool in the Garden, which is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All necessary security gadgets are available and the pool is safe for people of all age groups. 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM is lunch break. Only ladies will be permitted from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Bags and other belongings can be kept in a safety locker available neat the swimming pool, which is charged at Rs.15 per locker. (A refundable amount of Rs.100 is to be paid as caution deposit for using the Swimming Pool Locker).
Designed in typical Japanese style the oriental flavour of this pretty little garden adds and enchanting flavour to the park. Opens from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM the Japanese park was recently renovated to add more attractions and a rope bridge over the canal nearby.
Boating in the Canal in Garden
Boating facilities are available in the canal in the garden. Two types of boats are available in the canal. Pedal Boats and motor boats. 2 seater and 4 seater pedal boats are available. Motor boats are available with 6, 8 and 10 seater capacity.
Boating at the Dam
Boating facility is also available in the dam which is much bigger double ducker boat. It can occupy more persons. You can stand on top of the deck of the boat so that you can enjoy the reservoir and the view of the Western Ghats more clearly.
There is a ropeway running parallel to the Dam. It is first of its kind in South India and the only rope way in Kerala. The ropeway gives a 20 minutes thrilling ride with an aerial view of the Malampuzha Gardens and the Dam. This 2000 ft long ropeway runs at a height of 60 feet from the ground. There are 64 rope cars, each with a capacity of 2 persons. The Ropeway operates from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and safety gadgets are provided. The ropeway, named “Udan Khatola”, is operated by Usha Breco Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 company.
Lake View point
There is also a lake viewpoint in the garden which provides a terrestrial view of up to 40 miles. The view from here is mesmerizing.
One of the major attraction here is the Malampuzha Rock Garden which is the first of its kind in South India. The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tins, plastic bottles and cans, waste pieces of Tiles, Granites, Stones, Electricity Fuse Carriers, Power Insulators, Melamine Dishware and other waste materials. This impressive collection of artwork is conceived and designed by renowned sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The garden is illuminated with coloured lights on Weekends.
The Snake Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre commonly known as Snake Park operated by Kerala Forest Department is located outside the Malampuzha Gardens. Various poisonous and non-poisonous reptiles are exhibited in the Snake Park like Pythons, Cobras, Vipers, 2 King Cobras (one male and one female-kept in air-conditioned rooms), and variety of other rarely found snakes. A few tortoises and a crocodile is also kept in the Park. The park is a major attraction for tourists and snake lovers, and is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Outside the Malampuzha Gardens, on the way to the entrance of the ropeway a fresh-water aquarium in the shape of a giant fish, is situated operated by Kerala Government Fisheries Department, which also runs a fish culture in the reservoir. Visitors can get into the aquarium through the wide opened mouth of the fish. Various varieties of fishes and other marine specimen are exhibited. The aquarium is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Kava and Catchment area
Kava is an awesome and silent scenic spot located on the other side of the Malampuzha Dam. The waves of water will make you feel you are on a sea shore. The location would be an unforgettable delight for Nature lovers and photographers. There are no public transport systems available to the place. Either drive through the malampuzha-Kanjikode road and take left to Kava-Anakkal Road (after Rock Gardens), or walk straight after the end of the dam, along the catchment area. (It is too much to walk, you are warned).
Fantasy Park is Kerala’s first amusement park, located just a few kilometres away from Malampuzha Dam. The park is divided into a Water Park, a Dry Park and a planetarium. The park has a lot of rides including water rides which both adults and children will enjoy. The Digital Planetarium is the latest addition that paves a path for the children to learn about the exciting field of space science and technology. Dormitory facility can be arranged on request. Park is opened to visitors from 10 am to 6 pm every day.
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