MALAMPUZHA:(10km from Palakkad)This famous picnic spot, which comprises of a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats.
The malampuzha Yakshi: The Yakshi Statue is yet another interesting feature in the Malampuzha area. It sits directly in the Malampuzha Gardens and is set off beautifully by the greenery that surrounds it. This statue is an enormous rock sculpture of Yakshi created by the renowned sculptor Kanai Kanhiraman. Yakshi is traditionally thought of as an enchantress, and this persona adds to the intrigue of this magnificent piece of art. To make this statue even more impressive, the entire huge piece was carved out of one single piece of granite. It definitely takes a master artist to manage creating such magnificence with only one huge piece of rock.
The garden: Penetrated with lush lawns, flower beds and fountains, the key attractions include a rose garden and an aerial ropeway. The dams and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from 1900hrs-2000hrs.On other days they are illuminated on request for fee. (Open1000-1800hrs) ph: 2815280.
Rock Garden: Designed by Shri. Nekchand, this is the only rock-cut garden in south India.(Open1000-1800hrs)ph:2815140
The reservoir: Boating and fishing facilities are available here. Pedal boats, row boats, water scooters and motor boats can be hired, from 1000-1800hrs.A well maintained swimming pool(Tuesday holiday),a fresh water aquarium(open1100-2000hrs,1300-2100hrs on holidays),a snake park(open0800-1800hrs)and a children’s park are other add-ons.
Celebrated as the granary of Kerala, Palakkad is a vast expanse of verdant plains interspersed with hills, rivers, mountain streams and forests. The gateway to Kerala from the North, a 40 km break in the mountain known as the Palakkad Gap gives access to this land situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The pass act as a corridor between Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu and played a major role in the trade contacts between East and West coasts of peninsular India. Deriving its name from the Malayalam words pala (Alsteria Scholaris) and Kadu (forest),this place was once a beautiful stretch of forest covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. A potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture, some of the finest Carnatic musicians hail from this region which continues to be a largely agrarian society.
Telephone Access Code:+91-491
AIR: Nearest Airport: Coimbatore(55km)
RAIL: Palakkad Junction Railway Station(5 km from the city)is a major railhead of the Southern Railways.
ROAD: Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India. KSRTC Bus Stand ph: 2520098
BUS TIMINGS: To Malampuzha: Frequent bus services (0600-2000hrs)
To Silent Valley National Park: Bus services from Mannarkad to Mukkali every hour. Transportation from Mukkali to Silent Valley to be arranged through the Forest Department. Contact Wildlife Warden, Mukkali.
To Nelliyampathy:0430,0530,0700,0930,1230,1330,1700hrs
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE:DTPC Information Counter, Near Children’s Park,Palakkad,fax:2538996

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