If you want to witness an engineering marvel amid a picturesque background, then Pothundi Dam in Palakkad district is an excellent choice for you.
Located around 42 km from Palakkad town, the earthen dam was built in the 19th century using a mixture of jaggery and quick lime instead of the usual concrete. Nestled at the foothills of Nelliyampathy Hills, the dam provides irrigation across 5,470 hectares in Palakkad district and caters to the drinking water needs of Nemmara, Ayalur and Melarcode panchayats. Constructed across Padipuzha and Meenichiladipuzha rivers, the dam forms a reservoir covering an area of 30km.
The dam is located en route to Nelliyampathy Hills. A beautifully landscaped, well-maintained dam garden beckons visitors at the entrance. With a plethora of rides and manicured trees and plants, the garden is built to provide happiness to children and elders alike.
Spanning the garden will take one to the toe of the dam. The steps to the crest of the dam might look strenuous, but it’s worth the effort. A stunning view of Nelliyampathy Hills awaits visitors at the top. Take a stroll along the crest to get a panoramic view of the reservoir in the backdrop of the hills on one side and green paddy fields on the other.
If you are craving for a dose of adventure, then head back to the garden. The sky cycle ride and polaris ride at the renovated garden are sure to give visitors an adrenaline rush. It doesn’t end there, as the garden also has a shooting point, a quad biking terrain, an open gym, a 1.4km-long walkway and an open-air stage that can accommodate 4,000 people.
With a wide range of attractions amid a photographic environment, Pothundi dam and garden is a first-class choice for a family outing.
Entry Fee: Rs 20/- (Adult) and Rs 10/- (Children)
Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 40 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 100 km
Phone : +91 491 2538996