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Cheruthoni Dam, Idukki

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Cheruthony is a town on the Cheruthoni River: a major tributary of the Periyar River,

the second longest river in Kerala state, South India. The area is known for its dams,

which provide hydroelectric power to the state.



The town is adjacent to the famous Idukki Arch Dam and the Cheruthoni dam. These dams,

along with the Kulamavu Dam, form the Idukki Reservoir. Cheruthoni is part of Vazhathope Panchayat,

in the Idukki District. Other villages adjacent to Cheruthoni include Vazhathope, Thadiyanpadu, Karimban, Manjappara,

Maniyarankudi, Bhoomiyamkulam, Peppara, Manjikkavala and Painavu.





Following a famine in the 1940s, the government allowed farmers to migrate to unoccupied arable lands in the mountains,

where they cleared the land for agriculture. Later, the region was identified as an ideal spot for a hydroelectric project.

The Hindustan Construction Company was contracted to build the dams on behalf of the Kerala State Electricity Board.

At this point, Cheruthoni began to grow.



During the 1960s, a majority of the people living in Cheruthoni were not Keralites,

but Sikhs from Punjab (who constituted the workforce of Hindustan Construction Company) and manual laborers from

neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
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  • A great monument of Kerala Floods 2018, this wonderful project completed in 1976 is a standing testimony of human resilience and dedication. Engineering feat of international standards.  more »
  • While Idukki Dam is an arch dam between two hills, it is the Cheruthoni Dam that contains the shutter gates which are opened for letting out water for both power generation as well as in case the rese...  more »
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  • Nice view from this dam...water, water, water everywhere water.... wisely select road to reach this place...some roads are under construction..you can spend some time here...but you can't take photos.. because photography is not allowed...so go and enjoy with your eyes...air was cool
  • Visited the dam after 6 months from the 2018 floods. The impact of the water gushing through the downstream is still visible. But still got a nice scenery for visitors. Nice views from the top of the dam. Every one visiting Idukki must go there.
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