Idamalayar Dam— things to know before you go
There are many dams across Kerala that is being used for irrigation purpose and additionally for tourists’ destination. Idamalayar Dam has been built on Idamalayar River which is a tributary of River Periyar in the state. The length of the dam is 373 meters and is used as a multipurpose concrete reservoir within the picturesque hills located in the Western Ghats in Southern India. The storage of the dam is used by the hydroelectric power supply. It is a forested region near Boothathankeetu at Ennakal which is situated at distance of seventy kilometres from Kochi. People from off places come here to enjoy the beauty of the nature. Trekking, Boating and Bird watching are various activities that can be done by the visitors. The forests near the reservoir have many wild elephants, so you need to careful before heading for the forest. There are lots of varieties of birds that could be seen propping near the trees.
How to reach
The road you should take to reach the dam is the road that connects Bhoothathankettu dam to the Idamalayar dam. The driving time takes ten to minutes to reach there. It is situated at a distance of 36 km from Kodamangala. Public buses are available to reach the place.
Activities to do near the Idamalayar Dam
Other than boating and trekking you can do fishing along with some other activities that are mentioned below.
- Motor mud racing which is a uncommon activity done by the locals and you may try too
- There is Hub for elephants that you can explore
- Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary which is an ideal place for watching lots of foreign as well as native birds
- Urulanthanni is also a bird watching centre with varieties of birds’ species.
- Driving through the forest is a thrilling experience with senses wide open to have view of elephants now and then.
Nearby places of interest
- Marine Drive– it is a wonderful promenade and one of the famous tourists places in Kochi toward the backwaters. The place is featured with weather proof cast ironed seats on grey tiles for utmost relaxation.
- Iringole Temple– this temple is situated in Perumbavoor within the heart of dense forest. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi.
- Bhoothathankettu– it is also a dam very near to the Idakulam reservoir and the both is well connected by transport system
- Bishops House– this is called the eparchy of Kothamangalam and is an East Syrian Catholic House that is situated in central Kerala.
- Paniyeli Poru– it is a weekend gateway that is a perfect place to escape from the extreme heat. The region is plastic free due to which you will feel fresh and can relate to nature. The place remains closed during monsoon.
Best time to visit Idamalayar Dam
It can be visited anytime of the year but try to avoid extreme summer and monsoon season as the humidity is the forest area remains high in that time. The best time is late monsoon and at winter season which starts from the month of October and ends till March.
Where to stay
There are hotels near and far from the Idamalayar Dam which is close to nature. Some resorts offer facilities for Ayurveda treatment with spa and moreover you may have Yoga retreat to freshen up your mind. There are eco lodges and cottages to make a feel on the lap of nature. So you need to search according to your demand and select the suitable one for you. Some best resorts have been mentioned here. Periyar resort private limited, Reminiscence Ayurveda Yoga retreat, Hornbill camp in Thattakad, Priyar Rover lodge are not very far from the spot.
You need to take permission from KSEB to enter the dam area. The way from Kothamangalam to Idamalayar is something that cannot be described as you pass through the thick jungles. It is so nice that you will be captivated by the beauty of the surrounding and environment. There is a place uphill known as Vaisali caves which is a major attraction. There is no restaurant nearby except a village restaurant that is run by a couple.