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Amaravathi Dam

Amaravathi Dam, built with the aim of irrigation and flood control, is located in Coimbatore district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Now, the dam is also used for the generating electricity. The dam was opened in 1957 and has created a reservoir which is known to have a large population of crocodiles. The dam is surrounded in the park, which is also the wildlife sanctuary and a lot of people visit the location throughout the year.


The dam was built under the supervision of K. Kamaraj. The dam is built across Amaravathi River and today, the dam has shrunk 25% from its normal capacity. The electric generation at the dam is now in operation.


The dam is known to have a large number of crocodiles and tourists from all over the country come to see them. The attractive structure of the dam creates a Amaravathi reservoir. The length of the dam is 1511 feet and the height of the structure is 2090 ft. The picturesque view of the surrounding areas can be seen from the dam like the Anaimalai and the Palani Hills. The farmers in the nearby area, have been relieved after the construction of the dam as it provides enough water to the crops during the harvesting season. The dam has given the district a unique charm and is known as a famous tourist destination. People who visit Coimbatore make it a point to visit the dam. There are many people who just cannot stop gushing about the serene and beautiful place.


There is a well designed park at the dam which can give an amazing view of the surroundings. The park and the crocodile farm are open every day and can be visited by anyone. The crocodile farm is a unique place which is also called a crocodile nursery. The breeding of the crocodiles is done here and the personnel from the forest department handles and manages the place. Tourism has evolved many facilities in the district like fresh seafood is served here. There are a lot of accommodation options around the district throughout the year. Tourist can also visit the forest with the prior permission, and with an appropriate vehicle.

Best Time to Visit

Though the tourists can visit anytime during the year, it is advised to visit during the months of January, February, March, October, November and December.

Nearby Attractions

There are many places that can be visited during the visit to Amaravathi Dam. Some of them can be visited in a day and some may take longer.

  • Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary
  • Velingiri Hill Temple
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Monkey Falls
  • Thoovanam Falls
  • Sri Amalingeshwar Temple
  • Kovai Kutralam Falls
  • Thirumoorti Dam
  • Sree Ayyappan Temple
  • Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
  • Aazhiyaar Dam

How to Reach


Coimbatore has an international airport, which is just 15 kms away. The airport caters to all major domestic destinations and some important international destinations.


Train connects all the major parts of India with Coimbatore. The railway services started in 1832 in Coimbatore.


Coimbatore is connected to all major cities and metros through road. One can travel by any of the major roads in the city.

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