Mullaperyiar dam was built by Britsh in 1895. It stands on Peryiar river whose flow orginates from Thekkady.The dam was built mainly for watering the paddy fields of Tamil Nadu perenially drought - prone. Even though the dam is now in Kerala, most of the water in the reservoir is still released to Tamil Nadu and is cause for considerable political tensions between the two states.The dam is 175 feet tall in hight and is 5704 feet long.
This is the world's second and Asia's first arch
dam constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi
hills. 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide, the dam lies
close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is
the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is
located close by.
Cheruthoni is the area around the Idukki and
Cherithoni dams, near Painavu, the headquartaers
of Idukki district, Situated 3917 feet above sea
level, on a clear day one can see certain parts of
faraway Cochin. You can reach Cheruthoni only by
jeep. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB),
which looks after the dams, rents out boats for
the two-hour cruise between Cheruthoni and
Bhoothathan Kettu Dam
Kothamangalam, situated 63kms from Ernakulam, 'Bhoothathan
Kettu' is a good picnic spot. There is a dam here and in the reservoir one can go for boating too. The legend says that the dam was built by a "Bhootham" using the rocks, which is the ample proof for the name. Trekking through the forest to the old Bhoothathan Kettu is very interesting. The forest offers a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a botanist delight.
Thattekad which is 20kms from Koithamangalam is the home for the bird sanctuary where we can find some of the rare species of birds. Exotic birds flock in the sanctuary and make this place a heaven for any
- 45 km from Kozhikode.
This picturesque damsite, teeming with exotic
wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock
climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is
between November and April.
- 60 km from Kozhikode.
The Peruvannamuzhi damsite set amid hills is a
beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides
facilities for speed and row boat cruises during
which one can see the Smarakathottam - a garden
built in memory of the freedom fighters of the
region. Uninhabited islands, the bird sanctuary
and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the
- 10 km from Palakkad.
This famous picnic spot which comprises dam and
beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the
lower hills of the Western Ghats. There are
frequent buses to this place from Palakkad.
- 32 km from Palakkad.
This picnic spot is the site of a dam across the
river Gayathri which flows into the Bharathapuzha.
Dam - 50 km from Palakkad
This dam is built across the Cherukunnath River, a
tributary of the Mangalam River. The dam site is a
popular picnic spot.
dam - 20 km east of Thrissur.
This picnic spot offers boating facilities. There
are frequent private buses from Thrissur to Peechi
- 66 km east of Kollam.
The area is covered by dense forest, rubber and
tea plantations. An Eco Tourism Development
Project is under implementation here. Thenmala is
also a dam site.
- 20km from
This is a beautiful dam site. Seethathode: The
Kerala State Electricity Board has a power
generating station here.
- 57 kms from Pathanamthitta.
This is an enchanting dam site Pathanamthitta
town: This is the district headquarters. The town
is a land of religious and cultural harmony, where
a number of churches, temples and mosques can be
found close to each other. The annual
Chandanakudam festival at the mosque in the heart
of the town is a major event.