Mekkara Dam, Panpoli, Thirunelveli
Mekkara Dam is located on the eastern side of the Western Ghats near Panpoli in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This dam is around 670 m long and irrigates about 91,400 hectares land in the districts of Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Tuticorin. It is an ideal holiday spot with many families preferring to picnic in the lush green surroundings of the dam. This is typically situated in the borderline of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
It has become an idyllic serene spot for those who want to be away from the hustle bustle of the cities and towns. The Mekkara reservoir is the harness of existence for the abundant green paddy fields that surrounds it. It proffers a complete and delightful fusion of two elements of Mother Nature – earth and water. The milieu of the Ghats on the paddy fields of the plains and water from the reservoir offers a charming view.
Mekkara Dam in Tirunelveli is located at 9°04'23.3"N 77°13'54.4"E or 9.073141, 77.231768. Mekkara Dam is located at about 7 Kms from Panpoli, 20 Kms from Ilanji, 21 Kms from Courtallam, 13 Kms from Sengottai, 18 Kms from Tenkasi, 78 Kms from Thirunelveli, 163 kms from Madurai and 113 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sengottai and Tenkasi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.