Chimmini dam in Thrissur famous for it’s Kuttavanchi Safari


Chimmini Wildlife sanctuary is a protected area located along the Western Ghats in Chalakudy taluk of Thrissur District of Kerala state in India.

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Chimmini Dam is breathtakingly beautiful. The locale of this dam constructed in Echipara village near Varandarappilly town makes you want to sit by the lake and take in the view. Neighbors with Peechi and Mangalam dams, Chimmini dam sits on the Nelliyampathy slopes of the Western Ghats, offering an enchanting view along the lake for those who visit. But if you are up to an adventure, Chimmini Dam awaits with open arms. Its Kuttavanchi Safari or coracle rides, also known as Turtle Rides, are a hit with visitors who dare to be taken to the middle of the Kurumali river and back. One bowl-shaped boat can accommodate four adults. Lifejackets are available for a 20-minute ride for four priced at Rs. 400. The rides are conducted by the Kerala Forest Ecotourism department. Regular boat rides are also available for those who are not as adventurous. Located in Mukundapuram taluk, Chimmini Dam, the largest in Thrissur, was commissioned in 1996. Constructed across the Kurumali river, the dam is a beautiful sight as the water cascades into the lake. Temperatures drop to 15 degrees in the winter. There are plenty of picnic spots along the dam apart from a cafeteria. Large wooden bench and tire swings hang from the trees. The wildlife sanctuary is the other big draw, with bamboo rafting, trekking and camping offered to visitors. The sanctuary was established in 1984, sharing boundaries with the Peechi-Vazhani sanctuary. It is home to elephants, sambar deer, gaur, sloth bears, and Malabar squirrels.


  • Railway station: Thrissur railway station, 30 km away
  • Flight: Cochin International Airport, 54 km away
  • Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Activities: Kuttavanchi / Coracle ride