40 years on, Anayirankal dam still marvels visitors
Santhanpara: Made of stones, mud and boulders, the Anayirankal dam situated in the Idukki district of Kerala is being looked on by visitors with awe and admiration even four decades after its construction.
Spread along 6 kilometres in Chinnakanal mountain valley, the reservoir is indeed a treat to eyes when seen through the tea gardens and the hill ranges.
The dam is situated 22 km from Munnar, a town in Idukki often nicknamed as the ‘Kashmir of the South’ for its picturesque spots.
Though the idea of an ‘earth dam’ was floated by the British in the 18th century, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) started its construction in 1963.
The dam was built with the mixture of mud, gravel and boulders. Mud-gravel mixture was strengthened with the help of bulls. The construction was carried out by Hindustan Construction Company and the works were completed in 4 years.
The place is frequented by elephant herds for drinking water and hence the name.