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Kerala Karapuzha Dam
Mainly developed for promotion of irrigation activities, Karapuzha Dam remains in operation since its formal opening in the year 2004. As an Ogee category of dam, it is known more known for it being a perfect gate-controlled one with the least or no cases of casualties reported till date. Geographically coordinating at 11°37′03.13″N 76°10′19.34″E, this dam is important landmark in southern Indian state of Kerala.
Karapuzha Dam has a great history since the inception of this project in the year 1977. Best possible efforts were done to complete this project until it was made fully operational in the year 2004 when the authorities gifted this 28 m or 92 ft., high and 625 m or 2,051 ft., dam to the people of the state. Located on Karapuzha River of Kerala this spillway dam is uniquely controlled through its gate system with the capacity for 969 m3/s.
With capacity of 76,500,000 m3, Karapuzha Dam has the active 72,000,000 m3 capacity level while 4,500,000 m3 is its inactive capacity level, and so is notable the 8.55 km2 or 3 sq mi surface area of this dam. It is equally noticed for its 763m or 2,503ft., normal elevation. Operation of this dam is understood to have created the great history for itself through notable contribution in the region’s progress.
Effect of the Project
Karapuzha Dam has left an impeccable impact in the region to support the growth prospects of this region. Wayanad district of this state has literally welcomed a new scenario with Karapuzha Dam’s being fully operational. As it is located in forestry natural regions of the district on Karapuzha River its presence remains impactful on multiple levels. It has become notable tourist destination besides being important irrigation support system in the region. Both right and left banks of this dam play pivotal role for irrigation purposes and so do they make the drastic change in entire region and nearby areas.
Karapuzha Dam project was mainly for the irrigation purpose but equally did power generation remained in focus while this project moved ahead for the completion phase. This dam therefore remains into notice for the variegated roles it has been playing on different levels for powerful impact in the state’s progress.
In line with the endless attractions in the Kerala state, Karapuzha Dam too has its equal share for the tourists whom this dam captivates in multiple ways. The good factor is that one can reach at the dam’s location easily due to best accessibility here from the prominent nearby cities like Kozhikode, Mysore and Ooty which are equally sought after tourist destinations in the southern part of the country.
The notable places nearby Karapuzha Dam including Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island, Soochippara Waterfalls, Muthanga and Lakkidi are worth exploring throughout the year. Wayanad district in itself remains the major Kerala tourist destination hence the presence of this dam in this district makes it one of the key landmarks as a tourist attraction to explore.
Tourists arriving Kerala enjoy the best time exploring Karapuzha Dam and so do they enjoy best moments of their lives in the resorts and homestays where all sorts of comforts are available for them. This dam in itself is an important location here for it being the biggest earth dam on the national level.