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“Really amazing construction between two hills”
Review of Idukki Dam

Idukki Dam
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Idukki
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New Delhi
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Really amazing construction between two hills”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Asia's first arch dam
In India , in Kerala state calling GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
in Idukki district . It constructed between two big hills , named Kuravan & Kuruthi in the river Periyar. Kerala's biggest hydro electric unit runs here , that build with India &Canada . The dam is shaped like arch, two other sides have another two dams named Kulamavu &Cheruthoni ,in this Cheruthoni only have shutter to take water out

Idukki dam situated in periyar wild santuary, their elephants , tigers , monkeys,beer,dear,

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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20 reviews
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“A hidden treasure”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

... well, its a dam, so its not really hidden, but very few people visit this place. Almost everybody who go to Thekkady would visit the Periyar lake. Though the sanctuary and lake are Thekkady's must see, during peak season it gets so ridiculously crowded that you need to wait almost three hours to get a spot in that coveted boat. We were there on the day after Christmas and decided our day is better spent in Idukki dam, than waiting in a queue. Best decision!

Its an hour and a half drive from Thekkady to Idukki dam. The drive is very beautiful full of lush green trees and cardamom plants. If you are into architecture, then you will also love the churches and manor houses you see along the way, some of them with very beautiful landscaping. Watch out for motion sickness though, as its a very curvy road.

Before you reach the dam, there is a fork road that takes you to hill valley park. Though its called a park, it barely has any vegetation, but it has amazing views of both Cheruthoni and Idukki dam. Its a breath taking view of how both dams have been constructed to make this huge artificial lake. The park can also be a great picnic spot if you go on a cool day or evening.

The dam itself is open to walk-on only on certain days, so you may want to check ahead. Even on days when the dam is not open, I believe the speed boat service is open. Its a nice boat ride that takes you closer to both the dams. The steps down to the boat service is very steep and slightly narrow with no side rails. There are only two boats that we could see that day, so even if the the crowd is less, the wait is more and to wait on the steep steps are kind of nerve racking, if you have to hold a 6 year old down.

On the whole, if you need to get far away from the madding crowd, then this is a good place to be.

Visited December 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Magnificent Structure”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The dam is opened for public during peak season (Christmas/New Year). One can walk over the dam, visit the dam bottom, and go for boating.

Visited December 2012
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level 4 Contributor
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12 attraction reviews
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“Must see”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

You don't need to be an engineer to marvel at the beauty of this colossal structure and if you reach there during Noam and Christmas vacation , the best way to see the dam is by the speed boat, which costs 600 rs for 5 people. It's worth it, and if you are lucky you may spot some elephants in the idukki sanctuary

Visited December 2012
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CHENNAI
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“Balas Idukki Dam Visit”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This dam is quite a big dam with 454 feet height and length will be roughly double that. Due to less rains this year water level was quite less but still it was adequate for Boating. As there were more guests waiting I could not avail Boating. During festive season boating is available and each trip lasts for 15 miniutes inside the dam. Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside the dam and one can deposit at the Cloak Room facility before entering the dam.

Visited December 2012
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