Malampuzha

Malampuzha is a small fraction of the Palakkad district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is positioned on the barrow of the Western Ghats and is well adorned with dense and lush green shrubbery. The most attractive thing about the place is the irrigation dam that was constructed in 1955 to facilitate the city with good irrigation so that the area can remain green for an extended period of time.

The serene surroundings and pristine atmosphere of the place draws the attention of the tourists every year. One can also find arrangements for different water sports at the reservoir here. The region is influenced by the Malampuzha River which is a branch of the longest waterway of Kerala, Bharathappuzha. Both the highlands and lowlands are productive and well maintained.

Weather

The summers in the region stay only for two months that is from March to April. The temperature during this period is extremely high and goes up to 45°C.

June to September forms the monsoon season and leads to the prospect of a profound downpour, frequently.

Winters sustains for the months of December, January and February. The climatic condition is very pleasing in this duration. The temperature ranges in between the level of 20°C to 32°C. The tourists choose it to be the best season to visit Malampuzha.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Malampuzha is Coimbatore. It is situated at a distance of 55 km away from the core of the city. Cochin International airport is 160 km away from the city. Thus, it is connected with the major Indian cities as well as with other major countries.

Palakkad junction is the nearest rail head at a distance of 5 km to reach Malampuzha. The major cities of India are networked with this place.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Malampuzha Dam: With the picturesque Western Ghats at the backdrop, the Malampuzha Dam, located near Palakkad, serves as the largest reservoir in India. It is a combination of an earthen dam and a masonry dam. It stands 125 feet high above the Malampuzha River which is a tributary of the Bharathappuzha, Kerala’s second-longest river. The total catchment area of the dam is 145 square km while the capacity of the reservoir is approximately 226 mm³ of water. A network of two canal systems irrigates the farm land and serves the dam’s reservoir that provides drinking water to the whole of Palakkad and its surrounding villages.

Malampuzha Gardens: Right in front of the Malampuzha Dam lays a beautifully manicured garden with lush-green lawns known as the Malampuzha Garden. Well-maintained pathways are carved all around the garden that lead to fountains and sculptures that are wonderfully adorned thus augmenting its beauty. A canal flows though the middle of the garden which has two bridges hanging over it. The rope-way takes you through a wonderful aerial journey over the Malampuzha Dam and Malampuzha Garden. On weekends and public holidays, both the dam and garden are beautifully lit. Visitors could enjoy boating and swimming in a well maintained swimming pool inside the garden properly equipped with all gadgets and suitable for all age groups.

Yakshi Statue: The place adds that appealing characteristic to the region of Malampuzha. Yakshi Statue is nestled in the Malampuzha Gardens and is surrounded by the beautiful and thriving greenery. This effigy is a rock-strewn carving of Yakshi, shaped by the distinguished sculptor Kanai Kanhiraman.

Snake Park: The location of the Snake Park is in the region of Malampuzha Dam and Malampuzha Gardens. It is a protected place for snakes to get care in case they are wounded. It is a secure place for the tourists too to perceive and explore the great diversity of snakes. All the snakes in the park are handled by experts and are housed in proper manner. These cold-blooded reptiles are generally harmless. As expected, this place is the most thrilling one amid the other excursions from Malampuzha.

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