The parks and gardens have their own history and have existed since time immemorial. These green areas not only add to the beauty of a place, but also help conserve nature and serve as refreshing picnic spots / sanctuaries that house specimens of tourists. One can get to enjoy the glory of nature and rejuvenate in these elaborate gardens and parks that are found in abundance in Kerala. Parks and artificial gardens are also becoming part of the metro lifestyle throughout Kerala.
Malampuzha’s extensive gardens, located on the outskirts of the city of Palakkad, are the most popular tourist park in the state. There is a large irrigation dam built on the Malampuzha river. Pleasant boat cruises can be made on the large lake, located in the foothills.
The Silent Valley National Park, located in the Palakkad district, and which extends over an area of 90 square kilometers, preserves some of the last substantial stretches of evergreen virgin tropical forests. This park represents one of the spectacular biopersity sites in the Western Ghats and hosts some exotic species of flora and fauna that include more than 100 species of orchids and rare animals such as the slender loris, gaur and lion-tailed macaque.
There are also reptile parks, bird sanctuaries and other wildlife centers as well as parks and artificial gardens present in Kerala that add to its vegetation and enhance the beauty of nature.