Mattupetty Dam is a strong concrete gravity dam and was constructed for water conservation and power generation. It is located inside the hills of Munnar and near Anamudi peak and lies at a height of 1700m. The lush green valleys and the serene surroundings can easily captivate anybody visiting here. This place is famous for its masonry dam and beautiful lake. This is located at a distance of 13 km from Munnar and is a visual delight for tourists.
What we Love about Mattupetty Dam
The most beautiful part of the dam is the reflection of the surrounding tea gardens inside the water. One can indulge in speed boating organised by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki. Nature lovers can sit back, relax and enjoy the calmness and serenity of the surroundings by boating in the dam. Adventure lovers can also go trekking in the Shola forests. The fabulous climate in the environment of Mattupetty dam is mesmerising.
Water sports include paddle boats, motorboats, speed boats and even rowboats. It is among the best sightseeing spots in Munnar for people who want peace as well as those who want to have a thrill ride across the vast expanse of the lake.
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What to know about Mattupetty Dam in Munnar
Mattupetty dam was constructed in late 1940 under the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project. This dam is now a crucial source of electricity generation in Munnar. This is an important source of water for animals and birds. Rivulets and cascades criss-cross the terrain that adding more beauty and attraction to this place. The dam is also a great place to spot elephants as this reservoir is their favourite spot to drink water.
Mattupetty is also famous for its Indo Swiss Livestock Project. It is also called a cattle village as hundreds of high yielding breeds of cattle are reared here. Hundreds of high quality bred cattle grazing freely in lush green meadows is a unique view. This unique site is about 3 km from the dam and is handled by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board.
Mattupetty Dam Timings & Holidays
Mattupetty dam is open for a visit for all days of the week. It doesn’t remain closed for tourists on any day. Timing for visit is from 9:30 a.m. in the morning till 5:30 p.m. in the evening.
Mattupetty Dam Entrance Fee
Entry fees are Rs. 10/- per person. Fees for boating and speed boating vary as per choice.
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Best Time to visit Mattupetty Dam in Munnar
Though Munnar and its nearby places are fit to visit throughout the year, the best time to visit Mattupetty dam is between August to May. The rainy season makes it a bit tough to reach out there in June and July. However, during the autumn and winter seasons, the lush green surroundings turn out in full bloom, adding glamour to this place. The serene ambience and the calm and composed people of Kerala will take you to a distinguished world, full of peace.
Best Places to Visit
- Mattupetty Lake
- Cattle Village
- Pothamedu View Point
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. The airport is 108kms from Munnar city.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Munnar city is Angamaly which is at a distance of 109 km
By Bus: Tourists can take a bus because it is the most economical way of transportation. There are direct buses from Aluva to reach Munnar.
By Cab: Tourists can hire a shared cab at the Angamaly railway station till Munnar.