The largest Irrigation reservoir in Kerala, Malampuzha is located 15km due north to Palakkad city. It is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1,849 meters and an earthen dam with a length of 220 meters.] The dam is 6,066 feet high and crosses the Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathappuzha. The dam provides irrigation to half of the agricultural fields of Palakkad which is regarded as the granary of Kerala. The dam project was begun in 1949 and completed in 1955. The total catchments area is 145 square kilometres, while the reservoir has a capacity of 8000 square meters of water. The canal systems serve to irrigate farm land while the reservoir provides drinking water to Palakkad and surrounding villages.



A view of the dam with the backdrop of hilly western ghat ranges is worth watching. The circular road that encircles the dam provides another scenic experience to the travellers. Rock garden is another unique attraction here, inaugurated in 1996, is described as a unique cultural and artistic resource. It is the first rock garden in South India and the second one in the country after the Chandigarh Rock Garden. Though not built under the direct supervision of Indian sculptor and environmental builder, Nek Chand, it has many features similar to the artist's original rock garden in Chandigarh. The garden is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials.



The first Amusement park in Kerala Fantasy Park is located near the Malampuzha dam. It covers an an area of 8 acres and is being Managed by Neotech Amusements and Resorts Ltd., the park has a fabulous landscape with gardens and fountains and about 20 fun-filled thrilling rides. It provides a special section with games and rides specially designed for kids. Baby Train, Water Kiddy Ride, Mini Tele Compact, Battery Car are some of them.

The main attraction of Malampuzha garden is an imposing concrete sculpture of 'Yakshi' done by the renowned artiste Kanai Kunhiraman. The water reservoir in the middle of the lush green garden is ideal for boating and fishing. There is a hanging bridge which can be walked over across the main Canal. The ropeway which provides a unique birdís eye view of the entire garden and dam is a unique attraction here. The other attractions include a road train for amusement ride on wheels, telescope tower that provides a terrestrial view up to 40 miles, fresh water aquarium rose garden and snake park.

Boating and fishing facilities are available here. Pedalboats, rowboats, water scooters and motorboats can be hired. A well maintained swimming pool, a fresh water are also major attractions here.


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