Malampuzha Dam

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Malampuzha Dam
Malampuzha Garden Entrance.JPG
Malampuzha Gardens
Official name മലമ്പുഴ അണക്കെട്ട്
Location Palakkad District, Kerala
Coordinates 10°49′49.8″N 76°41′1.5″E / 10.830500°N 76.683750°E / 10.830500; 76.683750Coordinates: 10°49′49.8″N 76°41′1.5″E / 10.830500°N 76.683750°E / 10.830500; 76.683750
Construction began March 1949
Opening date 9 October 1955
Dam and spillways
Impounds Malampuzha river
Height 115.06 m
Length 2,069 m
Reservoir
Creates Malampuzha Reservoir
Total capacity 236.69 cubic metres
Catchment area 147.63 sq. km.

Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, located near Palakkad in south India with the scenic hills of the Western Ghats in the background. It is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1,849 metres and an earthen dam with a length of 220 metres.[1] The dam is 355 feet high and crosses the Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathappuzha, Kerala's second longest river. There is a network of two canal systems that serve the dam's reservoir of 42,090 hectares.[2]

The dam project was begun in 1949 and completed in 1955. It was only after India's independence on 27 March 1949, that the then Public Works Minister, Sri. M. Bhaktavatsalam laid the foundation stone for the project. Palakkad was a part of the Madras Presidency during those times. The dam was constructed in record time, and on October 9, 1955, the then Chief Minister of Madras, Sri. K Kamaraj, inaugurated the dam.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.[2]

Location[edit]

10 km from Palakkad town, North Kerala. Attractions: Dam, amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and ropeway.

Around the reservoir of the dam are gardens and amusement parks. Boating facilities are available on the lake.

Getting there[edit]

Nearest railway station: Palakkad Junction - 7 km [3]

Nearest airport: Coimbatore, 55 km from Malampuzha Dam [4]

Main Attractions[edit]

The fish shaped aquarium
  • Entrance Garden
  • Yakshi Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Upper Garden and viewpoint
  • Cable car ride
  • Fish shaped aquarium
  • Toy train for kids
  • Fantasy Park
  • Spiced fruits camp
  • Excellent Trekking tracks
  • River baths

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