Malampuzha Gardens, the only rock-cut gardens in South India made by Nek Chand, the renown artist and winner of the prestigious Padmashree Award, is situate in Palakkad district.
The entire garden is made from broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials.
The dam project was begun in 1949 and completed in 1955. It was only after India’s independence on 27 March 1949, then Public Works Minister, Sri. M. Bhaktavatsalam laid the foundation stone for the project. Chief Minister of Madras, Sri. K Kamaraj, inaugurate the dam.
Maze park is one of the most attractive in Malampuzha dam.
Malampuzha Gardens and the Irrigation Dam tend to be the areas that attract the highest number of visitors. Apart from being perfect picnic spots, there is a host of interesting trivia surrounding the place that adds to its appeal.
The dam was conceive as a multi-purpose project to provide water for irrigation, drinking, industries, power generation, fish farming and water transport.
Palakkad and Malampuzha became a part of the newly formed Kerala State. Kerala Government started the Malampuzha Gardens on the front side of the dam.
Later, various other features as the Rock Gardens, an aquarium, Snake Park and Rope Way.
Other Attraction of Malampuzha dam:
The Malampuzha Garden at the foot of the Dam was reconstructed recently at a cost of Rs. 21.57 crores. The 28.5 acres Garden is reconstructed as a miniature of the world famous Mughal Gardens. Nandi Park and Krishna Park are a part of the Gardens.
There is a ropeway running parallel to the Dam, which is first of its kind in South India. 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.
Snake Park :
The Snake Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre located outside the Malampuzha Gardens is a major attraction for tourists and snake lovers. Various poisonous and non-poisonous reptiles are exhibit in the Snake Park, with utmost care of them. It is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
A fresh-water aquarium, shaped like a giant fish, is situate outside the Malampuzha Gardens on the way to the Ropeway entrance. Visitors get inside the aquarium through the wide open mouth of the fish. he aquarium is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Children’s Park :
Inside the Malampuzha Gardens in a Children’s park which contain lots of recreational and enjoyment facilities for children. There are plenty of slides, see-saws, merry-go-rounds, swingsets, overhead ladders. The Children’s Park is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Japanese Park :
The oriental flavor of this pretty little garden, designed in typical Japanese style, adds an enchanting touch to the park.There is also a rope bridge over the canal nearby. It is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Rock Garden :
The Rock Garden was inaugurate on 7th January, 1996 in a building construct by the District Nirmithi Kendra, Palakkad. This impressive collection of artwork is conceive and designed by renown sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini, the creator of India’s first rock garden located in Chandigarh. It open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Timing of Malampuzha dam:
The dam and the gardens are open from 9:00 AM in the morning to 8:00 PM in the evenings on all days.