(Last Updated on : 10-07-2014)
Located near Palakkad, the largest reservoir of Kerela, Malampuzha Dam is one of the tourist attraction spots of the state. The Dam is surrounded with the scenic hills of the Western Ghats in the background. The Malampuzha Dam is an arrangement of a masonry dam, which is 1,849 metres long and an earthen dam that is 220 metres long. The height of the dam is 6,066 feet and crosses the Malampuzha River, which is a tributary of Kerela's longest river - Bharathappuzha. Extensive networks of two canal systems serve the dam's reservoir of 42,090 hectares.
The construction of the dam project begun in 1949 and was completed in 1955. The reservoir has a capacity of 8000 square meters of water and the total catchments area is 145 square kilometers. The canal systems cater to the water requirement of the irrigated farm lands, while the reservoir provides drinking water to Palakkad and other neighboring villages.
This is a beautifully laid garden with a variety of brilliant and colourful flowers. It has the meticulously manicured grass lawn, the marvellous meadows and fabulous fountains displaying an orchestrated water show. The site of the Malampuzha Dam lies in the cauldron formed by the Western Ghats. The great stretch of the serene lake formed by the dam provides boating facilities. During the cool dark night, numerous lights sparkle like bright pearls arranged on a black sheet of cloth. This is a rare beauty. These lights are usually illuminated only in the week ends.
There is also a swimming pool with high diving stages in this dam. An aquarium and pleasure rides like the boating and the ropeway winch, a snake park and a children's park are among other attractions of the Malampuzha Dam. The garden here opens by 10:00 hrs and closes by 18:00 hrs. One can enjoy the boat riding from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Swimming Pool remains open from 12:00 to 20:00 hrs. The tower remains open for the visitors from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.