AliyarDam – The Best Picnic Spot
AliyarDam ” The Best Picnic Spot” is located in the foot hills of Valparai. It is about 65 kilometers from Coimbatore in Valparai Mainroad. From Pollachi is about 25kms. and From Valparai is about 40 Kms. is located above 918 feet (280 m) from the Mean sea level on the Anamalai mountain range and in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve.
It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. In Aliyar Dam there is a park, garden,
In Aliyar Dam there is a park, garden, aquarium, play area, Boat House Park.
AliyarDam is a huge tourist magnet thanks to its pretty parks, its aquarium and the mini theme park. If you are looking for a picnic spot, well, this is where you should head to! For those who want to stay overnight, go to Valparai.
AliyarDam’s scenic environs are what makes it so popular. Surrounded by mountains capped with mist and verdant slopes with the glistening silent reservoir, it makes for an ideal place to forget the hurry burly of city life.
Aliyar Dam with its panoramic surroundings is an idyllic spot for a picnic with its lofty mountains and the tranquil reservoir. Aliyar Park, which is just below the Aliyar Dam, is a well-maintained spot. Do check out the aquarium next to the park. You could also enjoy some boating if you like. Want to enjoy the thrilling gush of a waterfall? Well, Monkey Falls is just 2 kms away from Aliyar Dam via the Valparai route. Aquarium, play area, Boat House and The Temple of Consciousness are the tourist attractions.
Valparai, Topslip, Parambikulam
Topslip to Valparai is about 65 Kms. The two small Places with in the (958 km2) Anamalai Tiger Reserve (formerly Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) lies in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. at the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Anamalai Hills. Separated from the Nilgiri Hills by the Palghat Gap on the north, the Park is contiguous to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) to its west and to the Eravikulam National Park (Kerala) and Chinnar Wild life santuary.
Reaching Topslip and Parambikulam
Reaching Topslip from Pollachi and then by road to Top Slip (35 km), the entry point to Topslip and Parambikulam. There are regular buses from Pollachi at 6 am and 3 pm. The bus returns to Pollachi at 8 am and 6 pm. Hired cars/taxis are also available at Pollachi.
Reaching Topslip from Valparai is abut 70 kms. Via Aliyar Dam, Annamalai Town and Sethumadai, Valparai to Topslip is itself an exotic experience. En route is the Anamalai Tiger Reserve Sanctuary where lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri and the common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and wild boar reside. you can also visit the Monkey Falls, Aliyar Dam, Park, and several tourist spots. ( Via Aliyar and Sethumadai) Reaching Parambikulam from Topslip is about 2 kms. Parambikulam forest check post staffs will guide you to enter the sanctuary.
Parambikulam Aliyar Project – PAP
Aliyar Dam, which is 81 meters high, was built between 1959 and 1969 across the Aliyar River primarily for irrigation purposes. Currently, water is released through three sets of sluices or canals – Pollachi Canal, Vettaikaranpudur Canal and the river sluices. In 2002, a project was commissioned to generate hydroelectric power. This project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for utilizing the waters of the Upper Nirar Dam, Lower Nirar Dam, Sholayar Dam, Parambikulam Dam, Thunakadavu Dam, Peruvaripallam Dam and Aliyar rivers, which flow at a range of elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The project is a terrific illustration of engineering skills.
Aliyar Lake receives water from the Upper Aliyar Reservoir through the hydroelectric power station in Navamalai, Upper Aliyar and the Parambikulam reservoir through a contour canal.