Our Wonderful Experiences with Idukki Dam, the Biggest Arch Dam of Asia

Idukki Dam

Really I am very happy and proud of sharing with all of you our wonderful sweet experiences with Idukki Dam that we got when we had visited there last year. The Giant Idukki Dam is situated in Idukki district of Kerala, the God's own country, in India. It is at about 60 km away from our native place Cumbum, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India. Fortunately we got an idea of getting there on the first week of January 2007 to fulfill the desire of our Malaysia friend. On the early morning we the group of family members with relatives and friends in number 7 started our move to the Idukki Dam by our car. We have to climb up the Western Ghats towering about 1,200 meter above sea level on the way to reach the Dam. The foot of hill is very near to our native place. And most of the distance of our journey was covered by the Ghat roads, Green woods, Cardamom estates and Kerala villages of wonderful scenic beauties. As it had been the post winter we felt little bit cold when we reached the top of the hills. After 2 hours journey we reached safe the Dam top of Idukki Dam.

Chill climate, Enjoyable silence, Bracing wind and the Pleasant smell of flowers combined together to add our pleasure at that morning time. There we finished our breakfast which we had already brought with us. The Dam security at the gate told us that that was the out pass of the visitors and the same person gave an idea of going to Cheruthoni Dam which has been built adjacent to the Idukki Dam to get the pass to get into the Dam. Then we climbed down by our car and again up to reach the top of Cheruthoni Dam Which lies about 7 km away by road. But the actual distance between the outer ends of the two Dams comes as 2.5 km. There we were charged Rs.10/- per head to enter the dam after the tight personal checkup to ensure the safety of the Dam. We were also informed about the availability of speed boat riding, Rs.50/- per head, on the water surface of the dam. But we preferred walking rather than riding on boats.

The wonderful view of Cheruthoni Dam

Amazing Experiences of Walking along the road on the top of the Dams

We enjoyed our privacy as we were only persons visited the Dam on that day except a honeymoon couple. When we walked along the road on the top of Cheruthoni Dam, we could enjoy the amazing and complete view of the huge mass of stored water on the backside of the Dam. The maximum length of the water surface is about 25 km and breadth is about 4 km. We could enjoy Chill wind and spectacular view of the water surface when we walked along the Cheruthoni Dam top. On the front side we can view the beautiful valley of green woods, colorful flowers and outflow stream of water from the Dam.

Cheruthoni Dam is 450 foot high and the length is about 2,300 foot. After coming to the end of the Dam we continued our walking along a properly fenced road, with the tight security, that leads to Idukki Dam. Our driver went back to the in-pass to bring back our car to the out pass where we had had our breakfast. After enjoying a peaceful walking we reached Idukki Dam. The 560 foot vertical height brought a thrilling experience and wonderful view from where we could enjoy a spectacular view of greens, woods and housings lying below the Dam. The length of the Idukki Dam is about 1,500 feet and dam wall breadth is about 35 feet.

We came back to our home after finishing lunch and shopping at Kattappana, a beautiful Kerala town, which lies on our way to our native place.

The Gigantic view of Idukki Arch Dam

Location and Geography of the Idukki Dam

Idukki Dam is located in Idukki District of Kerala, India. It was built on the River Periyar in the ravine between Kuravan and Kurathi hills. With a gigantic height of 560 feet and length of about 1500 feet it proudly stands as the second biggest Arch Dam of Asia. It is also supported by other two Dams namely Cheruthoni and Kulamavu Dam. The total water surface area of the Dam is about 75 sq.km and maximum depth of water is 450 feet. The height of Cheruthoni Dam is 450 feet and has length of 2,300 feet. The total distance between the outer points of the two Dams is about 3.5 km. The dam is elevated at 850 m above sea level.

The magnificent view of Idukki Dam amidst folded Mountains

The History of Idukki Dam and it's Hydro Electric Power Project

The possibility of Hydroelectric development was first conceived in 1919. As per history Shri Kolumban the head of 'Araya' race accompanied his friend, Thomas, Malankara Estate Superintendent, on hunting spree in the forest and told him of the legend of Kuravan, Kurathi hills, the spot of present Arch Dam. The mind of Thomas was then stirred by the sight of water flow between the mountains and his idea made the dream of constructing Idukki Arch Dam true.

Shri W.J.John of Malankara Estate submitted a report to the Government of Trivancore in 1932 on the possibility of constructing a dam at Idukki for power generation. In 1947, Shri P.Joseph John, the Chief Electrical Engineer to the Government of Trivancore made a preliminary investigation report. On the request made by the Government, the Central Water and Power Commission took up detailed investigation in 1956. The project report was prepared in 1961 and the Planning Commission accorded the sanction for implementing the scheme in 1963 and the preliminary works of the project were started. The project was posed for the Canadian aid and it's scope was enlarged and revised project was drawn up in 1956 - 66.

The construction of this Dam was commenced on 30 th April 1969. The storage of water in the Idukki reservoir commenced in February ,1973. The inauguration of trial run of the first unit was celebrated on 4 th October, 1975. The commercial operation of Hydro-power station was commissioned on 12 th February, 1976 by the then Honorable Prime Minister of India, Smt.Indira Gandhi.

The Government of Canada aided the Project. The Project harnesses a major power potential of River Periyar, the largest river in the Kerala state. Idukki and it's supported Dams Cheruthony and Kulamavu are creating a large reservoir in area of about 75 sq. km and the water is directed through power tunnel and two underground pressure shafts to an Under Ground Power Staion situated in Muvathupuzha valley. The capacity of the installed Power House is 780 MW / day consisting of 6 units of 130 MW each. The Potential Head of the project is about 2,500 feet.

Getting there

From Madurai in Tamilnadu we can fetch many buses going to Kumuli, one of the important tourist centres of Kerala. From Kumuli we can find many buses for Idukki Dam or Kattappana which connects our goal. Being surrounded by Hills and Green woods Kattappana is a worthy place to stay before we reaching the Idukki Dam. It is the beautiful town noted for cleanliness and attractive shoppings.

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prems4u 8 years ago from KERALA Cochin

Hai ...Do u Know current situation of Edukki dam?

Tamil Nadu is increasing hight of dam ....

That cause damages old dam .

Anyway nice article about our edukki Dam

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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

very nice location and i don't know how I missed this place to visit..

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ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Trsmd, This is really a great and worthy place to visit where you can enjoy ultimate peace, beauty as well as safety.

George Joseph 8 years ago

Thanks Buddy. You have used my Photograph In the Above article.

The bluesh photo is from a distant hill called Adupara near Cheruthony , (Vimalagiri) , Idukki.

The cheruthony dams photo is from a park nearby called dam view park.

And one more thing.

The fight between Kerala and TN is not on Idukki dam, but on mullaperiyar dam which is at yhekkady. It is a political issue..

Thanks for Using . You can Have more Photos from My Website http://www.peermade.info

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ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear George, Thanks for your comments on this Hub! And also for your permission to use your nice photos! All of the photos that I have used are giving spirit to this Hub. If I need more, I will certainly make use of it by visiting your site. Once again thanks for your nice photos and we are really proud of living nearby this wonderful place!

shereef mi 8 years ago

i love idukki

Jobis 7 years ago

I am from Idukki. I live Just 10 Kilometers away from Idukki . I have even found some good calm and enchanting spots near Idukki dam which was used for the construction of the dam , which are so very beautiful. But you need to have a beer with you to enjoy it.

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Jobis, Thanks for reading this Hub. Very happy to learn that you are living nearby Idukki dam. You are really lucky person!

George 7 years ago

dear Jobis

Do you know, Vimaagiri and Adupara. A photo, the blue one is from adupara


Justifus 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing useful information. I lived around this area and never been there. But you took me for a nice tour. Greatly appreciated!!

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Justifus, Thanks for visiting this Hub. I am heartfully saying that Idukki Dam is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen in my life! You are luckiest person living nearby this!

jill 7 years ago

hey,i love your photos! The view is sooo beautiful. you are soo lucky to have that expereince and to see that view. Is the Cheruthoni the 2nd largest dam in asia?

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

Hello Jill, Thanks for reading this Hub and your nice comments. Yes, I think Cheruthoni may be the second largest dam of Asia. But, it's not an arc type.

Joaquim 7 years ago

i have worked at painavu for nearly 2.5 years,idukki is really a beautiful and serene place.

Sudeep 7 years ago

I will appreciate if you take my picture of idukki dam (that i posted on trek earth) off your site. Especially when you have posted it without my knowledge

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Sudeep, Extremely sorry for that. As I was new to HubPages, at that time, I missed to ask your permission. I hope you will permit me to have your nice pictures here. Thank you very much.

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varun 7 years ago

its my place woh:::::wounderful

George Joseph 7 years ago

Lot of Info on Idukki Dam ... Including Structural Info



Mani 7 years ago


rajkumar 7 years ago

hai how are you

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

I am fine my friend! How do you feel about my Idukki Hub!

MuRALI 7 years ago

I am a 50 years old malayali from the native Thodupuzha (Idukki District) and living outside Kerala and India for the last 29 years. I never get an opportuntity to a close visit to Idukki Dam, I have seen the Dam while travelling from Thodupuza to Thekkady where my sister living. Now I have decided to visit the Dam during my next vacation.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Ratnaveera,

Nice photos, nice description. How can we go to the place?


Jyoti Kothari

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Jyoti, Very happy to see here. I am very proud of living neartby this place. Proper route to reach Idukki Dam is MADURAI->THENI->CUMBUM->CUMBUM METTU->KATTAPPANA->IDUKKI DAM. You are welcome to Idukki Dam. I wish you very happy and prosperous New Year 2010.

Chrishty 6 years ago

The only word for pix is only “Wow”.

We (Alan and me) have just booked our flights to India and holiday packages with the help of http://www.southalltravel.co.uk. Just found your lens over the internet. And now we are planning to visit Idukki Dam. Please let us know how we can reach here from Delhi (Entry point in India)?

Thanks in Advance!

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ratnaveera 6 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear Chrishty, Thanks for visiting this blog and your planning to visit here in person. It is situated in the Idukki town, Idukki District, Kerala State. It is lying about 2300 Km away from Delhi. The nearest point is Madurai in TN and Kodaikanal in TN. Nowadays visitors are not immediately allowed to visit the dam. You can just visit nearby Hill View Park to enjoy aerial view of the Dam and there you can get rooms for the pleasant stay. To get permission to visit the Dam you may need to approach EB office located in Idukki town. Best Wishes! You are most welcome to our India.

Jacob casper 6 years ago

we just bought a home in kattapana. planing to move there in september2010.Then we need to explore everything in idukki, from portland oregon usa.

Diviya Casper 6 years ago

I like my new house and my new school and excited to move to Kattappana.

sankarankutty(kskutty) 6 years ago

it is the 8th wonder in the world

sreeraj 6 years ago

is visitors are allowed in any date

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ratnaveera 6 years ago from Cumbum Author

Dear sreeraj, Thank you for reading this page. No, You can enter into the Dam only during festival time like Onam or New Year. I will give you the enquiry ph. No. But, You can visit Hill View Park at any time, an amazing place which is located nearby the Dam where you can enjoy bird's eye view of the dam.

kirthika 6 years ago


Iam structural engineering student,Recently i went to iduki dam as an industrial visit from my college,but they din give us permission to go inside,so these details help us to submit our report.

M .K BINU 6 years ago

IDUKKI its a tremendous tourist place.....the people who visit the place will carry lot of fond memories of Idukki


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ed77burns 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.Pics are cool.

R.S.Pillai 5 years ago

I am 56. My career begins with Cheruthoni dam site in the year 1975. Sweetest memories.

I would be very grateful, If any one can give me more details of Kolumban, who had spot out the Kuravan Mala and the Kurathi mala to Mr. Thomas, the Superintendent of Malankara Estate.

anand 5 years ago

this article gear up myself to visit the place

HARSH VARDHAN 5 years ago


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Jerry Daniel 5 years ago

come and enjoy there r lot of destinations in kerala[GOD'S OWN COUNTRY] ever to reach, no polution--- peace and enthinic feelings of nature,perfect silents especialyy places like Idukki,Munnar Etccc ---- This is canen land of milk and honey .. if any one want to reach up here please send me a mail @ jerrydany@gmail.com with your details

chotunani 4 years ago

it is very beautiful very pleasant atmosphere. mostly electrical student will enjoy

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