Dams in ThrissurThrissur is known for its archaeological wealth, rich culture and heritage. It’s called the cultural capital of Kerala. Thousands of people go there every year to see Thrissur Pooram which is an ancient festival celebrated there with pomp and show in the month of April and May. Thrissur is also very famous for its temples, mosques and churches out of which well recognized are St. Thomas Church and the Guruvayoor Temple. Apart from the mentioned places, the dams in the area are also tourist attractions and at the same time are the sources for power and electricity supply in the area.
Chimmony DamThis dam was established in 1984 across the western slopes of Nelliyampathi hills with an area of 100 km2. It is 42km away from the Thrissur district located in a town called Varantharappily. You can get to see all kinds and varieties of flowers in this wildlife sanctuary and can also find animals like wolves, elephants and deer. If you like trekking then you can also visit there for such activities. This dam project in Thrissur also conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event to construct a dam at Echippara at the River Karuvannur.
Peechi DamThis dam is located 23 km from Thrissur and is the main source of irrigation in the city. With the irrigation facility it is also now famous as a picnic spot. Lot of people visit there to have fun, it also provides with boating facility. This dam spreads approximately in 3200 acres of area and is built across the Manali River .With so many benefits it also provides drinking water to Thrissur corporation.
Peringalkuthu DamThis dam in Thrissur district is situated across the River Chalakkudy. Peringalkuthu Dam along with Sholar Dam provides hydroelectricity power to the state. This dam is 23 m high and the length is around 290.23 meters. Only if you have special permission then you can visit the dam; only professionals and very less visitors do that. Earlier an old bird sanctuary was located here. You can see this dam from Athirappily Waterfall. There is a lodging facility at Riverok Villas which is near the dam. The dam is situated deep inside the forest and has an uncontrolled flow of 26 sq cm down the stream.
Poomala DamYou can visit Poomala Dam for calm and peaceful environment where you get to see magnificent scenes from the hills. It is one of the biggest tourist places in India and is also a famous hill station. The whole of Thrissur town can be easily seen from the hills of Poomala Dam. This dam is also used for irrigation purpose and is one of the oldest dams in India used for stone making. It’s only 15 kms from Thrissur town, people can reach here easily.
Sholayar DamThis dam provides the facility of hydroelectricity power to the state and is built across the river Chalakkudi in Thrissur district. It has a upper Sholayar dam which is deep down the forests and a must-visit place for the tourists and another is the lower Sholayar Dam. The area of this dam is 8.705 sq km and length is about 430.60 meters which was built in 1964.
Vazhani DamThe largest dam in Kerala which is situated only 23 kms from Thrissur district. The project of this dam was completed in 1962. It also has a garden which adds a feature to this dam and lot of people visit this place to see its charm and beauty. The length of this dam is 792.48 meters. The water from this dam provides drinking water as well as used for irrigation purpose.
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