- Features: Hydroelectric dam surrounded by a beautiful lake and green vistas
- Opening Times: Dawn to dusk, daily
- Best Time to Visit: March to May
- Duration: 30 mins to 1 hr
- Travelled By: Private car
- Cost: Free
- Address: Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala, India
- Type: Lake
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Cradled by the undulating plantation hills of Munnar and not far away from the Anamudi peak, the area around Mattupetty Dam offers many fascinating sights for tourists. Created by the dam, Mattupetty Lake is a perfect spot for boating and picnics. The Indo-Swiss Livestock Project is another popular attraction in the vicinity.
Mattupetty Dam Munnar
Situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) northeast of Munnar, Mattupetty Dam is a concrete gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala to conserve water for hydroelectricity. Built at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, it is a vital source of power, yielding huge revenues to the state. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish in the area. However, salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists.
Cradled by the undulating plantation hills of Munnar and not far away from the Anamudi peak, the area around Mattupetty Dam offers many fascinating sights for tourists. Besides the lush green tea plantations and the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here adding to the attraction of the area.
Created by the Mattupetty Dam, beautiful Mattupetty Lake is a well known tourist attraction which offers ideal picnic spots. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Lake; speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire.
The reservoir is also known to be one of the visiting grounds of elephants in the region. If you’re lucky, you might spot a herd of elephants in the area.
To the south of Mattupetty Dam is the Kerala Livestock Development Board’s research and cattle breeding centre, formerly the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. This popular farm is the perfect spot to see high-yielding cattle nurtured in the ranges. Of the existing eleven cattle sheds on the farm, tourists are permitted to see three cattle sheds. In a beautiful semi-alpine setting surrounded for much of the year by lush green fields, the centre offers interesting insights into the practical realities and achievements of cattle breeding in India today.
Getting to & from Mattupetty Dam
Located 13 km northeast of Munnar, on the way to Top Station, the best and most convenient way to visit Mattupetty Dam is to hire a private auto rickshaw or rent a private car for the day. In addition to Mattupetty Dam, there are other attractions along this route including Echo Point and Top Station.