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Kerala Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam is constructed over Manali River and located just at 22 kilometers distance from Thrissur city of Kerala state in India. The dam was found fit for irrigation purposes of the surrounding area. Manali River has many steep turns in its flow area. The place where this dam is constructed found ideal and the surrounding area also needed proper irrigation. Planners designed this dam across the river and catchment area of the dam decided to restrict upto 3200 acres.
This dam was planned to build somewhere else accept this place. Most of the population of this area was against the construction of this dam because of geographical survival of the area. At the time of construction of this dam, Kochi was an independent state. First Prime Minister of the state Mr. E. Ikkanda Warrier, who was also the master mind behind this dam, designed a dam to be constructed over Manali River. But most of the architects from Kerela state refused to cooperate as the construction was not favoring the geographical conditions of the state. Then a retired Engineer from Andhra Pradesh was hired and he designed the full plan of this dam. Later in 1959 the dam was completed in all respects. This dam is located at a distance of 22 kilometers from Thrissur city. This dam was initially started with the irrigation facilities to the farmers of surrounding areas but later fresh drinking water supply was also shouldered by this project. Presently more than 45,000 acres of land is being irrigated by this dam in Thrissur and nearby districts. A big network of canals is attached with both the channels of this dam. Catchment area of this dam is 3200 acres. Surrounding area of this dam was irrigating their fields before construction of the dam in unorganised manner. Manali River has created various small lakes like loops on turning points in the flowing way. From these points, farmers made some small canals to take the water of the river for irrigation purposes.
Near this dam, a wildlife sanctuary is located and this sanctuary is also established with the completion of dam in 1958. This sanctuary named Pecchhi-Vazhani wildlife sanctuary is spread over 125 sqkm area. In this sanctuary wide range of wild species including, Leopard, Hyena, Tiger, Bear, Jackal, Antelope and Deer are naturally habited. In the reservoir of this dam, migratory birds are also seen in the month of Jun to September. Connectivity to this dam is easy and affordable by all means of transportation. Kochi International Airport is the nearest airport to access this dam. Location of this dam is 68 kilometers from this dam. Thrissur railway station is the nearest rail head. All major trains are well connected to this station. By road access is also available at frequent and regular intervals as this place is not far from the Thrissur and Kochi cities. Total distance from both the places is not more than 16.3 kilometers.