There’s something about God’s own country that makes everything appear beautiful, including the man-made dams. Here, the bounties of nature seem to blend seamlessly with these architectural marvels into one cohesive wonder. The dams in Munnar are not jarring engineering feats but spectacular structures that serve as popular tourist spots.
Every dam in Munnar has its own charm and displays a different construction style. The only common thread is the presence of nature all around. The areas surrounding the dams are replete with lush greenery, tall mountains and serene water bodies. Let us take you on a trip through Munnar’s magnificent dams.
Situated at a distance of approximately 20 km from Munnar, Kundala is known for the exotic cherry blossoms as well as the Neela Kurunji flowers. The former blooms twice a year while the latter only once in 12 years! So while there is a chance that you may miss these blossoms, depending on the time you visit, the Kundala Lake and Dam are a constant. The Kundala Dam is India’s first arch dam and is a sight to behold. Built in 1946, the dam still stands tall and retains its heritage. The lake created by its presence is a tranquil abode featuring ornate shikaras and colourful pedal boats traversing the gentle waters. Needless to say, a visit to the Kundala Dam & Lake is a must!
Verdant surroundings, gentle hills, tea plantations, and a gorgeous lake, that is the setting in which you will find the Anayirankal Dam. It is said to be amongst the first dams in India built using concrete. Although the imposing dam is dwarfed by the huge mountains around it, it still retains its allure. The picturesque reservoir created by the dam is a preferred relaxing spot for locals and tourists alike. Not just humans, the animals-especially elephants and wild buffaloes- can often be seen roaming its luxuriant grounds. In fact, the dam is a preferred spot for elephants to quench their thirst. Besides wildlife sightseeing, you can also indulge in a boating session on the lake. Choose from family boats, coracles, or high-speed motorboats for your sojourn and drift into the peaceful waters. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of short and long trails around the area that you can enjoy.
Constructed as part of the Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project in the late 1940s, the Mattupetty Dam is engulfed by the scenic views of the mountains and tea plantations. The turquoise waters of the reservoir complement the verdant mountains and are dotted with boats that carry you into the vast expanse of the waters. The forests in the dam’s vicinity are a good place to spot exotic birds as well as for trekking. A short distance from the dam lays the Mattupetty Lake which entices visitors with its perfect location and serene environment.
Ramaswami Head Works Dam
Honestly, the Ramaswami Dam is not much of a sight in itself but the same cannot be said about the area surrounding it. You can stop by to hear the calming sound of gushing water here before you make your way to the beautiful Blossom International Park located near it. Here you can enjoy a host of activities ranging from boating, adventure trails, ropeway, roller-skating, bird watching etc. The well-manicured and blooming gardens are a sight for sore eyes and ideal for long walks in the lap of nature.
At the Sterling Resort, Munnar, we have endeavoured to encapsulate the essence of this dazzling hill town in our location and ambience. At Sterling, you will be in the midst of the expansive tea plantations and surrounded by the Nilgiris. You can enjoy the beauty of Munnar by visiting the beautiful dams located in an around the town and once you are done you can have a soothing and comfortable stay at the Sterling resort.