Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Malampuzha Dam and Garden
A leisure getaway for tourists in the picturesque Palakkad is the Malampuzha Dam and Garden. Malampuzha is a lush green township well known for its irrigation dam and nature trails. These are vast and stunning gardens and an amusement park for the kids surrounding the dam. The garden has a number of attractions, making it a major tourist location. The garden is a masterpiece of the renowned sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. There are the beautiful rock gardens, a fish aquarium, a ropeway taking you on an aerial trip of the park and the huge sculptor of Yakshi, an enchantress. An interesting feature of the rock garden is that the entire garden is made of broken pieces of bangles, tiles, plastic cans and other wastes; a stunning visual treat which any traveller can’t afford to miss.
Nestling in the undulating hills of Munnar is the Mattupetty Town. It offers the fascinating Mattupetty Dam, a delight for nature lovers. The rolling grasslands and pristine valleys makes it a fabulous experience to feel the calmness of nature. The serene ambience of the lake near the dam is sure to take you to a world of peace and calm. It is a concrete gravity dam built mainly for the purpose of hydroelectricity. The greenish valleys surrounding the dam make it an ideal picnic spot for friends and families. The sheer beauty of the dam lies in the lush greenery being reflected in the still waters. A stroll on the dam gives a view of the lake with hills on one side and tea gardens on the other. Come make cherishing memories with your loved ones in this serene location.
Kakkayam Dam located in Kozhikode district of Kerala state. About 15 km – to reach dam location from Kakkayam Bus stop. Kakkayam is a picturesque dam site situated in Kozhikode. Teeming with exotic wildlife, this picnic spot offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit here is between November and April.
In Andhra Pradesh one of the most important dams is The Srisailam Dam. It has the potential to generate hydroelectric power; this is the reason why the dam ensures a very important place in the history of the state. It is constructed across the famous Krishna River. The dam is very large as it has around 12 radial crest gates. It is 300m above sea level and is standing 476 ft tall. There is a forest nearby called Nallamalla which is an excellent tourist spot as it contains few rare Tigers species of the country. Around the dam is beautiful greenery, the sound of water gushing through and it makes a rhythmic sound which makes a paradise for all nature lovers. Once the gates are open the water flow with a force as if the Nature Goddess has unleashed her full potential. Tourists from the urban area get involved in the beauty of the water and scenic ambiance as it is not found in urban areas. The temperature in this area is very pleasant throughout the year. So go and enjoy this beautiful place!
It is an artificial small lake blessed with natural bounteousness, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is marvelous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The views of the massive Himalayan peaks are enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnicking.
Bhira Dam or popularly known as Tata Power house dam in Kolad is one of the biggest hydroelectric power projects in the country in terms of size. The huge dam has turned the region into a hub of tourist activity. Nearby the dam people enjoy picnicking and boating in the waters. Region surrounding Bhira dam and reservoir is known for its natural beauty and lush green surroundings. With a local population of just about 10,000, this is a rather sleepy place that oozes with calmness and tranquility. Bhira waterfall gushes down in its full glory at the peak of the rainy season during the months of June to August. So if you are in wanting to get away from the crowds, din and pollution of the cities just love visiting here for weekend trips to get refreshed and rejuvenated. Tourists can also visit the Birla Salao Temple and the Pali Ganesh Mandir situated nearby.
It is a nice place worth visiting with family and kids. View from the dam and from the watchtower is beautiful. There a few things to do around the place such as boat riding, wildlife sanctuary, aquarium, children’s park too. It is best to come here in the morning and enjoy the day around.
Ramtek Dam Reservoir
Ramtek Dam is an earth fill type of a dam that is impounded on Sur River near Ramtek of the Nagpur district. This Ramtek Dam is majorly used for irrigation purposes but over the period of time it has become the picnic spot as of Dam as the attractive spot of the crowd around and people giving visit to Ramtek temple also make out time to explore Ramtek Dam. The height of the Ramtek dam above lowest foundation is 22.2 m that is 73 feet’s while the length is 229 m that is 751 feet’s. The volume content is 1,300 km cube that is 310 cu mi and gross storage capacity is 105,130.00 km cube that is 25,222.03 cu mi. The spillway of Ramtek Dam is un-gated. Now a days almost all the water bodies make for good picnic spots so does the Ramtek Dam attract the tourists visiting Ramtek. And thus tourists enjoy the nature around and its scenic beauty.
An offbeat tourist spot nestled in the groves of Coonoor forests is the Ralliah dam, definitely beautiful and worth a visit. The ride to the dam is a tranquil experience with nature’s beauty attacking you from all sides. The Ralliah dam is the source of drinking water for the residents of Coonoor and tourists eagerly visiting this hill station. Avid trekkers can trek to their heart’s content in the location. Adventurers can rule out the drive to the dam and put on their trekking boots. The trek to the dam is a lovely experience with authentic flora and fauna accompanying you on the whole trek. The vast stretch of water shimmering between the dense forests is a sight you cannot afford to miss. This destination is not known to all, but is perfect for the explorers and globe trotters out there to discover the fantasy of nature.
For all the insatiable nature admirers, Thenmala Dam has all the qualities to quench your thirst. Built across the Kallada River, the dam is prominent as the second largest irrigation project. It is also well known as the longest reservoir in God’s Own Country, used for power generation. This place of verdant beauty is now a popular centre of attraction preferred by eager nature buffs and fun lovers. The dam offers boating facilities to explore the unhindered beauty. You can witness nature’s bounty by a pleasant sail on the calm blue hues of the dam. Be amazed at the rich wildlife and pristine surroundings on either side of the reservoir. Spend a few fun filled hours in this location.
Arranged around 23 kilometers a long way from Gwalior, Tighra Dam makes a freshwater store on the shores of the Chambal River, and is critical for the supply of water to the city of Gwalior. A visit to Tighra Dam blessings you with a quiet environment and investigating the view is an ordeal to absorb, for a voyager in Gwalior. Appreciate some extraordinary time sculling in the quiet waters of the Tighra Dam. The tourism division has begun a sculling club as well. With a direct section charge, you may enjoy paddle sailing in the peaceful waters, appreciate speed sculling in the event that you are searching for some fervor or take the agreeable jalpari pontoon ride. One intriguing action here is the Water Scooter Ride. Take have a great time the pleasant view that encompasses the Tighra Dam and return home with previews to adorn your photograph collection.
Victoria Dam, Bhimtal
Victoria Dam is situated at one end of Bhimtal Lake and has a beautiful terraced flower garden on the either side of the dam. The dam is about 40 feet high and offers once-in- a-lifetime sights of nature that are very rare in other parts of the country. You can walk through the huge forests that surround the Bhimtal Lake to experience the rich flora. The gorge is decorated with wild flowers which are quite alluring. The area in the vicinity of the dam is tranquil and serene, offering relaxation and peace from all kinds of stress. No wonder tourists love to come here and spend some time in nature’s lap. A temple built in the 17 th century, known as Bhimeshwar Temple is located very next to the dam. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple attracts a number of devotees during the festive season. Come here and indulge yourself in this wonderland.
Maneri is situated 13kms from Uttarkashi on the Gangotri route. A dam across Bhagirathi River is the major attraction of the village. The consequential lake adds exquisiteness to Maneri.
Built on the meeting point of River Bhagirathi and Bhilangna, Tehri Dam in New Tehri makes for an exciting visit. It has the reputation of being the highest dam in the country and is also counted as one of the highest dams in the world. It is a multi-purpose embankment dam made up of rocks and earth-fill. The Tehri Dam View Point offers an awesome view of the dam and the catchment area. The amazing sight of the might of human efforts is truly breathtaking. The deep green color of the water gives it a fantastic look. It is the place where you can try out various water sports activities such as boating, banana ride, jet skiing etc. After reaching the dam there is a cable car also which passes over the dam. A valid permit is required to enter the premises of the dam and avail the facilities inside.
Pandoh Dam is 6 km from Pandoh is the virgin beautiful place in the pine forest and surrounded by the water of Pandoh Dam all around, here you can find peace, nice weather abounding with natural beauty. Here you can do adventure trekking for few distance with lots of fun in between, the path is totally rough which make you proud about the trail. This place is ideal for a weekend trip with Picnic parties, or group parties, the small ground between the lake provides the feel of an island in the sea and the catchment area for the beach. You can enjoy the sun bath with very cold water around you.
The Amaravathi Dam is a dam at Amaravathinagar, 25 kilometres south of Udumalpet in the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Tirupur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is notable for the significant population of Mugger Crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment’s basin. There is a well laid-out park where one may climb steep steps on the dam to have a picturesque view north of the plains below and south to the Anaimalai Hills and Palani Hills above.
A lovely destination not to miss in Hogenakkal is the Krishnagiri Dam. It is a popular picnic spot with well maintained gardens. It was built to meet the irrigation needs of the nearby villages. The pleasant scenery is best enjoyed with friends and family. You can also occupy yourself in admiring the architecture of the beautiful gardens. It is built across the Thenpennai river, it is the source of water supply to the Krishnagiri town. The dam has a park, with a separate children's park including a newly opened deer park. You can take a walk on the shore with a appealing view of the backwaters with your near and dear ones. The cool breeze blowing about in the exquisite red orange horizon is something you cannot miss. Visit Krishnagiri Dam and indulge yourself in this beautiful treat for the eyes.
Sholayar dam is around one hour from Valparai. There is nothing much to see around. It’s good enough for a couple of photos. It is windy all the time, so overall a good place to spend an evening. The Sholayar dam is a vital reservoir under the Parambikulam Aliyar Project and has a water storage capacity of 160 ft (49 m). The reservoir’s overflowing waters are let into the Parambikulam Reservoir through the saddle dam. It is constructed by a team who was working under K Palanisamy, the most popular engineer in that area. Lovely place for a picnic surrounded by hills. The roads are winding and great drive up in the hills.
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