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Andhra Pradesh Kandaleru Dam
Kandaleru dam is one of the main dams in Andhra Pradesh state of India. This dam is situated in Gudur town of Nellore district. Main impounding river for this dam is Kandaleru River. Connectivity to this dam is better than other places in the state. Velegonda hills are the base point of this dam. One of the best features of this dam is that this is the world’s biggest dam in earthen dam category. Water storage capacity of the dam is 68 tmc which is highest in the earthen dams. This dam is located at 60 kilometers distance from Nellore district and has a good connectivity with Rapur and Rajampet towns.
This dam was conceptualised in 1987, paper work done in 1989 and execution started. After seven years of concerted efforts, this dam was finally completed in 1995 all respects. At the time of construction of this dam, Nellore district was being irrigated under Telugu Ganga Project but the sufficient quantity of water, which was required by the surrounding area, was not getting. Seeing the conditions even after, support of Telugu Ganga Project, the dam was constructed. Another reason of constructing this dam that water flow of Telugu Ganga Project is right to left and the general geographical slope of the upper layer of soil in Nellore district is Left to Wright. Thus, construction of the dam was necessary.
This is the biggest earthen dam in the world. The storage capacity of the reservoir supported to this dam is 68 tmc which is highest in its category. This dam is basically designed for irrigation purposes. Hydroelectricity production is also assigned with the dam. Main impounding river of this dam is Kandaleru river and the catchment area is approximately 39 KM. This dam has the length of 10752 mtr and elevation is 49mtr from the foundation level. Water reservoir is designed to have a capacity of maximum water upto 85 mtrs. MDDL of the dam is 64mtrs with a gross capacity of storage 1926tmc. In this dam 18 spillways have been provisioned. 3.408 thousand hectares of forest and 19 villages are in the affected area of this dam. According to a demographic survey, total 5456 families are residing in the area which is affected by this dam.
Surrounding of Kandaleru dam is full of various attractions. One can visit different places accept this dam. Nearest place to visit is Rapur. This town is a mandal of the district and having some old temples. Nellore is famous for ancient temples. This district is also rich in mica production.
An old temple dedicated to Lord Narsimha is located in this place. It is believed that Lord Narsimha once gave his manifest in this place. Lord was present in a huge rock in the form of a Yogi performing various mudras. Penchalakona village is located in the base of hills. In this village, once Maharishi Kanva rested for long time. A grand celebration is done in this temple in the month of April and May every year.
Mypad Beach Nellore
Mypad beach has some specialty which is not present in the other beaches of the state. Natural peace and calmness of this beach is quite cooling and soothing for human being. A lot of tourists come here every year. This beach is one of the most charming beaches in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Tourist who prefer parasailing and boating are come here across the world. In some of the places of this beach, divers also do the adventures activities. National geographic Channel and Discovery Channel team often visit this place for making various documentaries on inside water world. This beach has also the secret and most liked place for hatching by black spotted turtles.
Accept the above mentioned places, Vijay Malada, Chowtapalem are some other importance places with the view of tourism.