Pechiparai Dam Pechiparai Reservoir Kanyakumari

  Pechiparai Reservoir is a reservoir located 43 kilometers from the town of Nagercoil, near the village of Pechiparai in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India.  It was built during the period 1897 - 1906 by the European engineer, Mr. Minchin,(called as mookanthurai by the local people) during the reign of the Travancore Maharaja Moolam Thirunal.

There are no tickets in Pechiparai dam. From the parking lot you just have to climb a few steps to reach the dam. Can take a local boat and explore the reservoir. There is a little garden there and at the dam in the evening, the atmosphere is photogenic literally don't go in the afternoon. It as one of the biggest dams in South India. Standing at the top of the Dam and looking at the reservoir gives a beautiful view. Wonderful place for people's who love nature excellent place for photographers. Bike riders can ride inside the forest. A lot of waterfalls are there you can bath there.

We can bath there, but there is a lot of marshy place in the riverside, to suck you in. So take bath only when there is local people is there. They will tell you a good place for a bath. There are buses plying from Marthandam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Nagercoil

The original cost of construction of the dam was Indian Rupees 216.1 Lakhs (in the late 19th century). The catchment area of the reservoir is 207.19 km2 (80.00 sq mi), and the depth is 14.63 m (48.0 ft). The dam is a straight gravity type masonry dam 425.5 m (1,396 ft) long and 120.7 m (396 ft) high above the deepest foundation. 

The water from the reservoir is used for both irrigations of crops and for drinking purposes, which has led to conflict between farmers who want to use all the water for their crops, and local authorities, who don't have another place to draw drinking water from, for supply to the urban areas.


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