Peechi dam, Thrissur is one of the oldest dam in Kerala

PEECHI-DAM
PEECHI-DAM

PEECHI DAM

Meant to be an irrigation project, Peechi Dam is now a popular tourist destination in the Thrissur district. One of the oldest dams in Kerala, it was commissioned by E. Ikkanda Warrier who was the last prime minister of the then independent state of Kochi from 1948-1949. The dam stands at a height of 26ft across the river Manali, covering an area of 3,200 acres. The dam faced much opposition from people during the time of its commissioning. The task was then assigned to an engineer from Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Kerala’s first governor, in 1957. It also meets the drinking water needs of the district. The dam is a favorite picnic spot for many visitors owing to its pristine surroundings and defined layout. A paved walkway along the top of the dam with lamps on either side offers visitors an impressive view of miles around. Manicured gardens frame the sides of the dam with park benches and more walkways. Peechi is also home to one of the many butterfly gardens set up by the Kerala Forest Research Institute. One can visit the Kerala Forest Research Institute on the way to the dam. A watchtower built by the British stands on the opposite side of the dam. Close by is the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary where elephants come to quench their thirst. The sanctuary was established in 1958 and is home to bison, leopard, deer, and tiger. The dam also provides a wide view of the sanctuary. For the best experience, the Peechi dam should be visited in the morning when the dawn is breaking.

CONNECTIVITY

  • Railway station: Thrissur railway station, 22 km away
  • Flight: Cochin International Airport, 90 km away
  • Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
  • Activities: Tour of dam, Picnic, Photography

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