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Oasis: Pampavana is a green balm for people of Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Photo by the authorKoppal district’s island of green

Pampavana serves as a green balm for those on the Hampi circuit. This place near Munirabad in Koppal district, is full of hundreds of trees, water tanks, and fountains. Pampavana is an ideal getaway in the hot climes of Hyderabad Karnataka.

In fact, the place attracts several visitors during summer. In 1962, once the Tungabhadra dam was constructed, the area on the left side of the dam was barren. It was then that the state government decided to convert the 66 acres of land  into a garden. But the landscape was rugged. However, the garden was constructed without altering the landscape much. Work on the garden started in 1971 and was completed in 1980. It was then named Pampavana and handed over to the horticultural department.

Pampavana is on the list of the six largest gardens in the state. Also, it is the only such big garden in the Hyderabad Karnataka area. Pampavana has been designed in the Japanese style. Six pagodas, lamps (all styled differently), bridges, lakes and two main gates are the attraction of this garden.

The whole garden is divided in to many parts. They include the Lilly Lake, Circle Lake, Fish Lake, Palm grove and Children’s Park. Each part is connected to the other. Two high-capacity pumpsets have been installed in the garden to ensure that the fountains get adequate supply of water. The seepage water from the dam and left bank canal is used to fill up the different lakes. The main attractions of this garden are Pagodas and fountains. A Geneva jet fountain spouts water at a height of 75 metres. The ‘Children’s wonder fountain’ is connected to a microphone and the moment a child so much as starts to sing, the fountain starts dancing! Rare flowers, separate gardens for rose and hibiscus are other attractions.

The garden is also home to a wide variety of orchids. Organic techniques are used in the garden. Bio-waste, available in the garden and tonnes of vermi compost are used. There are training programmes and workshops on vermi-composting in the garden.
“Earlier, the number of visitors to the garden was in the 25,000 to 30,000 range. But now the number has increased. Every year, as many as one lakh people visit Pampavana. We have provided all facilities including drinking water to visitors,” explains assistant horticultural officer Sridhar.Because Pampavana is adjacent to two national highways (i.e. NH 13 and NH 63), it attracts a lot of tourists.

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