As usual this trip was also planned
expeditiously by our two
families, .Mr. Lal and myself in two cars with only three people in each vehicle.
We started by 7.30 in the morning from Trivandrum and reached our destination, Idamalayar on that
day by .
First of all we visited the Idamalayar hydro electric project
.There it was raining heavely, but we enjoyed our journey. It was very
interesting to get an idea of the working and power generation process of a
hydro electric project for the first time in our life. We stayed in an IB
inside the forest near Idamalayar dam. Food was severed by the staff, quite
neat and good food for a recent rate.
Next day morning by we started to Bhuthathan kettu dam. There we
rent a boat for one hour and went up to thattekkadu bird sanctuary. After sight seeing
we left bhuthathan kettu and started to Idukki..Took our lunch after reaching
Vehicles have to be parked near Cheruthony dam and the visitors
have to walk almost 5 kms to-and-fro to reach Idukki arch dam. Ravishing beauty
of the catchments area and forest was mind blowing. Visitors are also allowed
to walk through the massive tunnel inside the rock.
HillViewPark is at kulamavu near the government guest house. Tickets
are issued at the base of the park. Here we get the distant view of both
CHERUTHONI and IDUKKI arch dam. Watch towers are also provided for better view
of the exotic surroundings.
Only thing disinterested me was photography not allowed in
the premises of every dam l here due to security reasons. I got only the long range photos,
using my telescopic lens .
The Idamalayar Dam is located at Ennakal. It’s a
multipurpose concrete gravity dam, near Bhoothathankettu, on the IdamalayarRiver, a tributary of the
PeriyarRiver in Kerala, South India.
Completed in 1985,
with a length of 373 metres (1,224 ft), the dam created a multipurpose
reservoir covering 28.3 km2 (10.9 sq mi) in the scenic hills of the Western Ghats.
storage is utilized by a hydroelectric power station which has an installed
capacity of 75 MW with two units of 37.5 MW capacity, producing an annual
energy output of 380 GW·h. The dam will benefit the Idamalayar Irrigation
Development Project by diverting water released from the tail race channel of
the Idamalayar power station. The large reservoir created by the Idamalayar Dam
is operated by the Kerala State Electricity Board to augment its peak
power generation requirements.