Vadakku Pachayar Dam, Kalakkad, Thirunelveli
Vadakku Pachayar Dam is located near Kalakkad, a Panchayat town in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This Dam has been built recently (about 30 years back) by the Government of Tamilnadu. Vadakku Pachayar is a tributary of Tamirabarani River which merges near Tharuvai. Even when there is no water in, say Courtralam, it is said that water is available here always for tourists to visit and enjoy.
To enter into the adjoining sanctuary areas, you need to get special permission from forest department. However, the dam is approachable without such a permit. The climate of Kalakad is usually cool and breezy because of the Western Ghats. The Dam is located at the foot hills of Western Ghats. People visiting Courtralam also pay a visit to this dam. This dam site is noted for its salubrious climate and atmosphere.
This dam is gaining popularity as a popular tourist spot among the people which was once only visited by people from nearby places. Vadakku Pachayar Dam is a place that is loved by families during the holidays and vacations. The amazing surroundings and the climate of the place make it a more preferable tourist spot. The heavy rains in the monsoon period restrict the tourist activities. Nature is at its best during the winter months.
Kalakkad is located at about 15 Kms from Nanguneri, 47 Kms from Thirunelveli and 205 Kms from Madurai. This place can be reached from Thirunelveli, Nanguneri and Vallioor etc. by bus. The nearest railway station is located at Nanguneri (15 Kms). Nearest airports are located at Thiruvananthapuram (126 Kms) and Madurai (205 Kms) and Tuticorin (88 Kms).