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Vembakottai Dam

Vembakottai Reservoir nestles in the Virudhunagar District. It is situated on the distributaries of Vaippar River of Tamil Nadu. Along with being known as a water reservoir, it is also a famous picnic spot with gardens and boating facilities made available. It features picturesque surroundings with abundant natural and artificial trees and plantations.


The Dam was constructed by the Tamil Nadu Government for irrigation purpose with a point of view of agricultural development. But, over the years it gained quiet popularity and now, it is one of the most preferred picnic spots.


The water retention of the Vembakottai Reservoir is from seven different distributaries of Vaippar River. Due to this, the streams commence their journey from the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. The water flows in full speed during monsoon and for this reason, not all the canals are opened. The Vembakottai Reservoir is the prime source of water for a numerous villages and towns situated in the surrounding region.


The tourism of this area is very much bounty and is witnessed in almost all the months of the year. The families and friends find it the best outing place. Along with the local communities, most of the tourists also visit this place for leisure. Due to its picnic spot popularity, there are quite some local food joints and also the authentic cuisines taking your culinary notions to an altogether new level. The roadside shops offer a great deal of shopping for souvenirs. The tourists can find wide range of local and dedicated apparels and footwear in the area.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this place is in the month of Feb and Dec. During this period the winters are highest yet; this place experiences moderate sunrays which make the destination perfect for hang out with friends and family.

Nearby Attractions


It is one of the 108 pious abodes of Lord Vishnu, situated at Shivakashi en route Virudhunagar. The Ninranarayanaperumal Kovil, now all time dedicated to Lord Vishnu worshipping, was constructed during the Early Pandyas’ rule.

Ayyanar Falls

It is a popular tourist as well as the local attraction in the vicinity of Virudhunagar. It is situated in Western Ghats’ foothills at a distance of 12 km west from Rajapalayam. It is segmented at a height of 15 ft and has dense forests backdrop.

Kachakara Amman Koil

It is also known as Mupidaari Amman Koil and is situated in Sivakasi, which a town located in Virudhunagar district. Sivakasi is popular for its fire cracker industries and home town for most of the famous temples.

Swamy Kasi Viswanatha Thiru Koil

It is located in Sivakasi and is dedicated to Kasi Vishwanatha (Lord Shiva of Kasi) and Visalatchi Ambal.

How to Reach

By Road

It takes just 45 minutes to reach to Vembakottai from Virudhunagar. It is a popular picnic spot and so, there are loads of commutation options made available by both, local and government transport bodies. Easy availability of auto rickshaws and taxis lead to a safe and sound journey. The Government transport will charge a fare of maximum of Rs 20 via bus. The local taxi drivers could be a little expensive but, can earn you a great deal at smart bargaining.

By Air

The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport (74kms). Madurai Airport welcomes all the major flights for easy commute and safe trip. The nearest railway station is at Sivakasi (16kms).

By Rail

Virudhunagar JN is just 1 KM near. Tulukapati Railway Station is 12 KM near and Sivakasi Railway Station is 25 KM near. These are the major nearby Railway Stations that connect to maximum number of main stations in India.

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