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Most Popular Dam in India Which Everyone Should Visit Once


After reading the heading many people are thinking that who visit a dam? Can visiting a Dam location be a good option for an excursion? Many people are wrong here as there are many beautiful dams which are a sight to behold for every traveller especially if you belong to India.

In Recent times dams have evolved as tourist spots that give many amazing moments and experiences to photography freaks, nature lovers, wanderers, birds watchers and especially couples who are seeking a tranquil atmosphere.

Today India is among the most prominent dam-builders in the world. There are about 4300 large dams already built and nearly half of which are very old. The dams constitute the main tourist attraction throughout India.

Let’s discuss some of the most popular Dam in India which are worth visiting once in your lifetime!! So that later you can plan a tour to these dam localities to catch glimpses of the beautiful surrounding. 

Tehri Dam, Popular Dam in India

Tehri Dam stands tall as one of Asia’s highest dams and India’s highest dam with a remarkable height of 260m. Tehri Dam is the largest hydroelectric project in the world and draws water from Himalayan rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.

Tehri Dam, Popular Dam in India
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Apart from supplying water for irrigation and daily consumption, the dam generates 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. Activities Which you can perform there include the experience of jet skiing or riding water scooters, get thrilled by water skiing, try water sport like kayaking rafting and water zorbing in the Rishikesh. Adventures can try parasailing also there on the dam.

Bhakra Dam, Popular Dam in India

Bhakra Nangal Dam is a gravity dam across the Sutlej river with height approx 226 m. Its reservoir, known as the “Gobind Sagar Lake,” is India’s second-largest dam. The dam has the highest gravity on the earth.

Bhakra Dam, Popular Dam in India
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The reservoir takes its name from Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikh community. Bhakra Dam is a major tourist attraction too. The place is also provided with many fun activities such as trying water sports on the Gobind Lake, experiencing jungle safari, visiting nearby wildlife sanctuary and after that pay a visit to Naina Devi temple.

Indira Sagar Dam, Popular Dam in India

Indra Sagar Dam is located at one of the most prominent rivers in India and that is on the banks of the Narmada river, Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. It stores the greatest amount of water among all the dams constructed in India. It has become very popular among tourists, apart from power generation. Hanumantiya has been established to control the backwater for the development of tourism in this area.

Indira Sagar Dam, Popular Dam in India
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The Ministry of Tourism of Madhya Pradesh has taken the initiative of establishing and providing tourists with accommodation which involves luxury services, dining options at restaurant and boat trips on the backwater. The area around the dam offers natural tourism including birdwatching, sighting mammals and other adventures.

Sardar Sarovar Dam, Popular Dam in India

The Sardar Sarovar dam, built on the Narmada River, was a project begun in 1979. The dam is the largest dam constructed on the Narmada River, planned to provide Gujarat state drinking water, irrigation water, and hydropower.

Sardar Sarovar Dam, Popular Dam in India
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The dam has developed into a popular tourist destination, because of its inherent beauty and tourist facilities. The foundation stone was placed by Late Jawaharlal Nehru. Nearby the dam there is a garden, a lake where you can go for riding a boat and enjoy trekking to the dam.

Cheruthoni Dam

This dam is a form of concrete gravity barrage located in Kerala. Cheruthoni Dam offers tourists a multitude of types of experiences. It has Idukki nearby, a place on top of hills where you can go for a daytime brunch or picnic outdoors or watch the very high panoramic view from the top.

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It also has wildlife parks, endangered fauna species which are also a tourist attraction. In 208 Kerala Flood, the gates of Cheruthi Dam were opened for the first time.

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is one of the longest dams in the world, almost 26 km long and built on the Mahanadi River of Odisha. The dam has two towers of observation, Gandhi Minar and Nehru Minar. The irrigation and power generation water in the reservoir.

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It is one of Odisha’s most popular attractions and tourists come here to enjoy nature’s beauty. It is also a retreat for bird enthusiasts, as many bird species can be seen here.

Tungabhadra Dam, Popular Dam in India

Tungabhadra dam is situated along the shore of Krishna river which is one of India’s most iconic rivers in Karnataka and India as well. It has a Japanese-style garden and nearby a hillside which gives rise to a sparkling sound. The majestic view of the dam attracts tourists from far and near while one of the largest water reservoirs in the state.

Tungabhadra Dam, Popular Dam in India
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The enormous reservoir spread over 378 km² gradually attracted resident and migratory aquatic creatures. The accessibility of plenty of food sources such as various fish species, insect larvae, shellfish, etc. guarantees birds food security. With 90 fish species, it also includes the Smooth-coated Otter, Mugger and the Asian Giant Soft-shelled Turtle. The small islands in the middle of the dam are ideal places for birds to breed.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the largest reinforced concrete dam in the world and boasts a height of 124 metres. It is constructed across the river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh and now it seems a tourist hub for people. The reservoir is said to provide water to the surrounding regions for irrigation and consumption purposes.

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It’s the best place to go with your family for a picnic with an amazing view of natural panorama and you can see many birds here. The view from the top of the dam is also completely incredible! When you are in Andhra Pradesh this Dam is a must-visit.

Bottom Line

As Dams are ideally constructed to hold water and there is always a risk of life nearby and especially visiting in rainy seasons is not at all recommended. So be careful while visiting these dams. Keep in mind that you enjoying the uttermost beauty of the dam and surrounding locations.

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