Thenmala (Parappar) Dam is a centre of attraction
at Thenmala-- an ecotourism destination. Built under the Kallada Irrigation and Tree Crop
development project, it is the second largest irrigation project in
Kerala (India). The
dam impounds the longest reservoir in the
from the reservoir is now used for power generation also.
Started in 1961 with an original cost
of Rs. 13.28 crores and revised
estimate of Rs. 728 crores at the 1999 schedule of rates, the cost
escalation reported is 5356 per cent. The ayacut targeted was 61630
hectares (net) and 92800 hectares ( gross). Though the project was
targeted for completion, and priority in allocation was given during
Ninth Plan, it could not be completed and commissioned fully.
( Economic Review 2003)
can do boating in the reservoir. Tickets can be purchased at the
eco-tourism centre. You will be taken to the boarding point in a
battery powered van. Many people can ride together in the boat. It is a
pleasant experience to sail through the reservoir which is the longest in the State. The trees of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary line up on both sides of the reservoir.