Parks and Gardens have a history of their own and have existed since time immemorial.These green areas not only add to the beauty of a place,but they also help to conserve nature as well as serve as refreshing picnic spots/sanctuaries housing specimens of tourist interest.One can get to bask in the glory of nature and rejuvenate himself in these elaborate gardens and parks that are found aplenty in Kerala.Artificial parks and gardens are also becoming part of the metro lifestyle throughout Kerala.
The extensive Malampuzha Gardens located on the outskirts of Palakkad town is the most popular tourist park in the state.There is a huge irrigation dam built across the Malampuzha river.Pleasant boat cruises are possible on the large lake, nestling in the foothills.
The Silent Valley National Park, located in Palakkad district,and spread over an area of 90 sq. km, preserves some of the country’s last substantial stretch of virgin tropical evergreen forests. This park represents one among the spectacular biodiversity spots in the Western Ghats and houses some exotic species of flora and fauna that include more than 100 species of orchids and rare animals like the slender loris,gaur and lion tailed macaque.
There are also reptile parks,bird sanctuaries and other wildlife centres besides artificial parks and gardens present in Kerala that add to its greenery and enhance the beauty of nature.