Amaravathi Dam

Amaravathi Dam at Amaravathinagar, 25 km south on NH 17 from Udumalpet, is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India. The 9.31 km², 33.53 m deepAmaravathi Reservoir was created by this steep dam. It was built primarily for irrigation and flood control and now also has 4 megawatts of electric generating capacity installed. It is notable for the significant population of Mugger Crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment basin.

History

The dam was built in 1957 during the K. Kamaraj administration across the Amaravati River about 25 km upstream and south from Thirumoorthy Dam. Capacity of the dam has shrunk 25% from 4 tmcft to 3 tmcft due to siltation of the reservoir. during 2003-04, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board proposed to install 4 MW electric generating capacity from the dam, which is now in operation.

Tourism

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 Palni Hills above. Photo of Park Boating for tourists in the dam began on 14 January 2011.

Photo gallery
  • Amaravathi Reservoir & Dam

  • Sign at Amaravathi Crocodile Rearing Center

  • Fish Hatchery below Amaravathi Dam

  • South West View from Dam of Anamalai Hills,
  • Photo of Spillway,
  • 5:53 Video at the Dam

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