Perfect weather, unoccupied streets, moody presets of the undiluted nature calls for a perfect ride to the town of artwork, Walayar. But walking up to the dreamy destinations here can be a bit tricky, blame it on the forgettable quality of resources online. So I have the privilege of unwinding the best tourist places in Walayar Dam that you should never miss in 2020. Some of them might ring a bell to you while a few might not be on your page.
Deer Park Walayar
A huge 104 acres of land hidden in the green woods which also houses deer and leopards that often shows up on your trek in search of food and water. They are very good posers, often giving the models a run for their money.
The park has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as the unkept ambiance and cramped enclosure has frustrated the authorities who have green signalled their decision of calling a ban on public entertainment post 2014. But the park still has carved a special place in the local’s heart as the road leading to the park itself is a symbol of ultimate tranquillity as the soothing ride makes us wish it never ends.
Walayar to Palakkad
The popular sighting of Walayar, the dam sits within a 15 minutes radius from the town centre allowing the accessibility with much ease, as there are frequent buses and private vehicles plying continuously making it no big deal to reach here.
The dam is build across the Walayar River which is a tributary of Kalpathipuzha River. It was opened in 1964 as a source for irrigation to the town and villagers nearby, it stands true to its purpose as the town is hugely benefited from the fresh stream of breezy water flowing in from the dam.
A perfect tourist place in Walayar to let go of the stress and indulge in some peaceful ambiance, with the waves gracing the dam striking a chord with our wandering thoughts. On the whole, your go-to destination to revive your mood with a bit of help from the nature.
As said earlier, it’s Impossible to compile the list without Malampuzha taking the centre stage. One of the iconic dams of kerala, Mazhampuzha is 355 feet high built post Independence by then Madras state and crosses the Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathapuzha, takes the pride of being Kerala’s second largest river. The climate is often breezy and gloomy with a fresh wave of the river flowing below. There are many other attractions on your way to main view point, with the cable cart being one.
With a low entry fee, this place has got to be your ideal choice of destination near Walayar. Painted by the Western Ghats at the back drop with a length of 220 meters, it’s a treat to your eye.
Malampuzha, Palakkad, Kerala
Palakkad Fort takes its pride of being a greater monument of history representing the whole of kerala, approximately under a 30 minutes drive from Walayar; this can easily ignite the amusement factor within. It was captured and rebuilt by Sultan Hyder Ali who had a penchant for high standards in architecture.
A huge ground lies ahead of the Fort that comfortably sits near the Palakkad townhall known as Kota Maidanam, and if lucky you can watch some cricket matches or the exhibitions held there, which is one of the main attractions here. There is also a children’s park to keep the babies occupied.
Palakkad-Koduvayur, Thathamangalam-Meenakshipuram Highway, Kenathuparambu, Kunathurmedu, Palakkad, Kerala 678001
Dhoni falls is where the romantic waterfalls meet the rugged trekking expedition. Ideal for the trek lovers, the falls is approximately 30kms away from Walayar. A heavenly sight indeed with misty mountains taunting you to tame them for a soothing walk right into the woods. It is named after a rock on the hill that represents a boat, as people call ‘thoni’ in Kerala.
A perfect hangout spot for friends as you get to strike a lenghty conversation during your walk to the falls, as the unmatched quality of silence provokes the connection within. Ideal time would be to reach before 1.30pm as entry post 2pm may be prohibited.
Puthuppariyaram, Palakkad, Kerala 678591
If you do have plenty of time in your planner, then step on the gas for a chilling 2 hours drive from Walayar through the green layer of the Nemara to set your foot on Seethargundu view point.
A breathtaking view of the tall woods below, blissful sky above and a trek to reach to its highest point, get ready for some adventurous trial near Walayar. Indeed a photographer’s paradise to click some shades of nature that we are yet to unlock. Keep your camera ready as you can be lucky enough to spot some wild animals crossing roads.
Seetharkundu Viewpoint Path, Sitargundu Estate, Kollengode South, Kerala 678508
Malampuzha Snake Park
Nuzzled near Mazhampuzha dam and just around 20 kms, the snake park is a must visit once you have reached Walayar. The entry price is really cheap and unlike the other snake parks that’s known for the unorganized pitiful conditions, this park stands tall from the list as the reptiles are in super good health and there are also few crocodile and turtles to keep you glued on your visit.
There are people constantly cleaning the place making it really a pleasant visit for anyone that comes. Just keep a good watch on the timings of the park and since it’s not a big enclosure, it may take approximately less than an hour to complete your tour.
Mazhampuzha, Palakkad, Kerala
Mampara peak also known as Raja’s cliff, stands tall at 5250ft above the sea level offering you an impeccable sight of the breezy clouds passing you, birds flying around, forests nearby, a topical view of the reservoirs and waterfalls streaming down and the snippets of mountain ranges surrounding you.
The view point is known for the huge list of coffee estates gracing the hills, a green layer that’s refreshing amidst the concrete life and beautiful cardamom plantations taking over the other sides. There are also teas plantations that let you sense the fresh smell of tea taunting you to relax with a hot cup of chai. Tourists here have often spotted majestic elephants, terrifying leopards, giant distinctive squirrels and samba deer.
Walayar is truly a heaven to those who knew to walk on a trial that’s never seen the light of the day. With the help of locals and of course our guide, discover the best places here to dive into some vacation mood this summer. Take a look at the resort in Walayar for a fine stay with nature.