Malampuzha, a small town located at the bottom of the Western Ghats in Palakkad district in Kerala is located around 10 km from the town of Palakkad. The region of Malampuzha is covered by greenery all over the place and the vegetation here thrives on the presence of the Malampuzha River, which is a tributary of Bharathapuzha that is Keralas longest river.
There are two main regions of Malampuzha divided into highlands and the lowlands. The highlands mainly consist of hilly regions where the soil is not thick and is laterite while the lowland regions consist of midlands where the soil is thick with coconut, areca nut, cashew, pepper and rubber cultivation.
The climate of the region is humid and the months from March to June are very hot especially in the western part of the district, compared to the eastern district. The region of Malampuzha receives rain in the second week of June because of the arrival of the South West Monsoon.
Some of the main festivals celebrated here are the annual Chariot Festival at Viswanatha Temple that is held in the month of November and the annual festival at the Bhagvathy Temple in the month of March.
The other main festivals are Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Vela at Manappulli Kavu, Nenmara Vallengy Vela and the Konganpada that is held at Chittur. These festivals include traditional dances and songs performed using different instruments and costumes. The primary language of the people in Malampuzha is Malayalam.
Malampuzha Dam is among the most popular dams in Kerala and is also the largest reservoir in the state with a height of 6,066 feet. The Malampuzha Garden and Reservoir, which has a backdrop of forested hills of Western Ghats, are among the most popular attractions of Malampuzha.
The major highlight of the garden is a large cement sculpture named Yakshi, which was created by the famous sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman. The garden consists of a unique ropeway that allows visitors to move around the whole area. The park includes flowerbeds, pools, snake garden, aquariums and Japanese garden.
Another popular amusement park is Fantasy Park, which is located 1.5 km from Malampuzha Dam. Some of the other popular places around Malampuzha include, Palakkad, Nelliampathy, Parambikulam Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park, JP Smrithivanam and Deer Park, Dhoni Forest Reserve, Pothundi Reservoir, Peacock Protection Centre in Chulannur.
Mangalam Dam, Kottayi, Meenkara Dam, Chulliyar Dam, Thiruthala Temple, Jain Temple, Attappady, Chittur Gurumadam and Killikurissi Mangalam are other tourist attractions near Malampuzha.