Malampuzha Dam And It Attraction In Kerala

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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.

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Malampuzha is a lush green town is a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam.

History Of Malampuzha Dam

The idea for a dam in the Malampuzha region to boost agriculture started from the second decade of the 20thCentury.

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However, it was only after India’s independence on 27th of March 1949, that the then Public Works Minister,

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Sri. M. Bhaktavatsalam laid the foundation stone for the project. Palakkad was a part of the Madras Presidency during those times.

Malampuzha Dam Construction

The dam was constructed in record time, and on October 9th 1955, the then Chief Minister of Madras, Sri. K Kamaraj, inaugurated the dam.

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The place where the dam, its catchment area, the garden on the front side, and the distribution canal are now situated is collectively known as “Malampuzha”,

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which were earlier known as Ponpaara, Chovankaadu, Iduppady, Vadukampaadam, Thanjikapallam, Kaarakkaad,Thoopallam, Vaarani, Akkarakkaadu,

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Kadukkaamkunnam, Aanakkuzhykkaadu, Thampuraattypotta, Aanamukkara, Paandipotta, Thekkumpaadam and Koshavanidukku.

Malampuzha Dam Project

The project consists of a dam constructed across the river Malampuzha, a tributary of Bharathapuzha and network of canal system to irrigate an area of 21,245 hectares.

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The dam is straight gravity type of masonry with an earthen saddle. The length of masonry portion 1626.71 m and the earthen portion is 222.20 m.

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The capacity of the reservoir is 226 mm3 at Full Reservoir Level (FRL) + 115.06 m and a water-spread area of 22 sq.km.

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The maximum height of the masonry dam is 38.10 m (125 feet). There is a network of two canal systems that serve the dam’s reservoir of 42,090 hectares..

Main Attraction Of This Dam

  • Entrance Garden
  • Yakshi Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Upper Garden and viewpoint
  • Cable car ride

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  • Fish shaped aquarium
  • Toy train for kids
  • Fantasy Park
  • Spiced fruits camp
  • Excellent Trekking tracks
  • River baths

Entry Fees of Malampuzha Dam

  • 10 per person for entry
  • 40 per person for ropeway

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 9 km
Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport, about 67 km and Calicut International Airport, about 106 km

Location

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