DTPC had submitted a Rs.9.47-crore proposal
PALAKKAD: The Central Tourism Ministry has sanctioned an amount of Rs.6.5 crore for the renovation of the famous Malampuzha Garden, known as the ‘Brindavan of Kerala.’
The State government had submitted a Rs.9.47-crore renovation project to the Central government for financial assistance.
N.N. Krishnadas, MP, said that the Central government had sanctioned Rs.6.5 crore and the rest of the total project cost would be met by the State government.
As per the proposal, ‘Landscape renovation of Malampuzha Gaden,’ submitted to the Central and State governments by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), an interactive fountain will be constructed at a cost of Rs.1.19 crore.
The soft landscaping will cost Rs.1.65 crore; the children’s play park, Rs.94.59 lakh; Rs.47.51 lakh for swimming pool renovation; Rs.35.92 lakh for boat-jetty and strengthening of walls of canal bank; improvement of existing green-house will cost Rs.6.42 lakh; amphitheatre, Rs.73.8 lakh; food court in place of the closed mini-zoo, Rs.34.69; and revamping of Japanese garden, Rs.70.79 lakh.
The illumination of the entire dam park and the Governor’s seat area will cost Rs.2.6 crore.
Malampuzha Garden is the most prestigious of the formal gardens in Kerala. Built during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the garden possess’ characteristics of Mughal gardens in terms of its overall lay out, claimed the Tourism Department authorities.
Elements of grid iron planning, gardens separated by level differences, mango orchards, water cascades, fountains within the geometric lay out, high points for panoramic view, all follow the spectacular style of a typical Mughal garden, they said.
On a closer examination of the composition of the Malampuzha Garden, another style emerges along with the overall Mughal style of planning which can be categorised as a ‘nostalgic\art deco style,’ which has its origin in the colonial era.
The very names of different parts of the garden reveal colonial influences.
Apart from these, there are areas developed later such as the Japanese Garden, which owes its style to the parent architecture.
Malampuzha is one of the leading tourist destinations in the State, visited by more than 10 lakh people annually.