Manimuthar Dam, Kallidaikurichi, Thirunelveli
Manimuthar Dam is located near Kallidaikurichi in Ambasamudram Taluk in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. The Manimuthar Dam is situated at the foothills of the scenic Podhigai Hills. It is built on Thamirabarani River. The area features marvellous natural beauty. The dam is located on Ambasamudram to Pechiparai Route. The Manimuthar River begins from the Eastern slopes of the Western Ghats and is the chief tributary of the Tambiraparani River.
Manimuthar Dam is one of the major dams in Tamilnadu located about nine kilometers west of the town of Kallidaikurichi. Manimuthar Dam in Kallidaikurichi is located at 8°39'13.8"N 77°24'46.9"E or 8.653842, 77.413022. Construction of this dam was started in 1955 and was completed in 1958. This dam is 2900 meters long and has a storage capacity of 5.51 billion cubic feet. Water from this dam is used for irrigation and drinking at the southern districts of Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari.
The river begins in the dense forest on a mountain peak 1300 meters above sea level in Ambasamudram Taluk and flows 9 km though small cataracts until it reaches the Tambiraparani River near Kallidaikurichi. The tributaries of the Manimuthar are the Keezha River and the Varattar River. As a tributary, the Manimuthar River adds a considerable amount of water to the Tambiraparani River as it is always in full.
Manimuthar Dam is an ideal picnic spot blessed with beautiful garden and peaceful atmosphere. Manimuthar Waterfall is located a few kilometres from the dam. It offers an equally breath taking view. Tourists can enjoy a bath here and soak in the rich beauty of nature. Manimuthar Dam is located at about 35 Kms from Manjolai Hills, 51 Kms from Thirunelveli, 14 Kms from Papanasam, 11 Kms from Ambasamudram, 9 Kms from Kallidaikurichi, 210 Kms from Madurai and 150 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram.
From Ambasamudram town, tourists can reach Manimuthar Dam by taking the road towards Kallidaikurichi. From there, tourists can either hire a private car or bus to reach the dam. Tourists need a boat to reach Manimuthar Falls. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ambasamudram and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.