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Idukki Dam 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. This prestigeous project of our nation is situated in Idukki District and its underground Power House is located at Moolamattom which is about 19 kms from Thodupuzha. Idukki Dam is 43 kms away from Moolamattom.
Idukki district is one among the 14 districts of Kerala state, India and is situated in the middle of Kerala. The district headquarters is located at Kuyilimala in Painavu. It is the second least populous district in Kerala, after Wayanad. The main tourist area of Idukki is Munnar and next is Idukki Dam & Power Station.
Idukki is situated at the top of Western Ghats surrounded by mountains. The Asia’s first and the world’s second great arch dam is in Idukki. This arch dam built across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain is wonderful and beyond description. Attached to this dam of 650 feet length and 550 feet height, two other dams are also there in Kulmavu and Cherunthony. The name Idukki has been derived from the Malayalam word ‘idukku’ meaning narrow gorge. Blessed generously by Mother Nature, Idukki offers diverse attractions like wild life sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centers and mountain treks.
The Project harnesses a major portion of the power potential of Periyar, the largest river in Kerala State, by the creation of a reservoir of 2,000 M.cum (2 Billion Tonnes) capacity, diversion of waters thus impounded through a water conductor system consisting of a power tunnel and two underground pressure shafts to an underground power house situated in Muvattupuzha Valley.
Best Season To Visit:
- August to March
Nearest Railway Station:
- Kottayam (133 kms away)
- Cochin International Airport (132 kms away)