Places to Visit - Kerala

Malampuzha Dam & Gardens

Malampuzha Gardens is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Kerala, bringing in lakhs of tourists from the state & other states every year. Malampuzha Garden is known as the Vrindavan of Kerala. The garden with lush green lawns, innumerable flower beds, glittering pools and fountains is surrounded by a mammoth Dam. The natural grandeur of the garden is enhanced by fresh water aquarium, snake park and children's park with a toy train. The water reservoir in the middle of lush green gardens is ideal for boating and fishing. Another item of interest in the park is the imposing concrete sculpture of Yakshi, done by the renowned Kanai Kunhiraman. There is a road train for amusement ride on the wheels and telescopic tower providing a terrestrial view upto 40 miles. The first rock garden of SouthIndia,sculpted by world renowned Padmashree Nekchand of Chandigarh is also at Malampuzha. An amusement park is the latest addition to the long list of places to see at Malampuzha Gardens. Another major attraction is the Udankhatola - South India's only Passenger Ropeway.

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Fly over the garden at 60 ft. height to have the best panaromic view of the beautiful gardens nestled below the blue mountains. Unique by nature, extremely safe and economical too, you are assured that this twenty minutes skyride will be an unforgettable experience.

Passenger Ropeway

Malampuzha features a passenger ropeway - Udan Khatola- the first of its kind in India, designed to carry 400 passengers per hour in each direction from Hermit's End near the Government Guest House to the KTDC hotel at a distance of 625 metres and a height of about 60 feet above the gardens.

During the 20-minutes thrilling ride at an average height of around 60 feet, passengers can enjoy the best panoramic view of the beautiful gardens and the dam. Unique by nature, safe and economical, this ride is an unforgettable experience.

It is equipped with 64 chairs, each with a capacity for two persons. The special design of the chair ensures safe ride for passengers including children.

The drive station is located near the Guest House and the return station, where the tensioning arrangement is made, is located at KTDC Hotel end. In between eight towers, two attached to the station and six inside the garden have been erected which guides the rope. The ride is at a slow and passengers can embark and disembark conveniently while it is on the move. Alternative power sources using diesel engines havebeen provided to ensure uninterrupted operation. In addition, a separate drive arrangement with slow speed is provided to rescue the passengers trapped due to any mechanical fault. Spohisticated safety gadgets have been provided to ensure utmost safety of operation.

Fantasy Park

Run by Neotech Amusements and Resorts Ltd., the first amusement park of Kerala-FANTASY PARK-is at Malampuzha. Established in an 8 acre site on the main road and in close proximity to the Malampuzha Gardens, it has thrilling rides and a beautiful landscape with gardens and fountains. These fantastic rides catering to all age groups include Baby Train, Water Kiddy Ride, Mini TeleCompact and Battery Car which are meant for children. The rides like Oriental Express Train, Water Merry Go Round, Pirate Boar, Saya Trooper, Swing Slambob, Go Cart, Striking Car and Dragon Coaster that are meant for the entire family.

The landscaping of the park is done by Mr. Raghuraman of Chenai.