Bhoothathankettu Dam

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

Bhoothathankettu is situated outside the village of Pindimana, about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Kochi. The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir. Bhoothathankettu, a scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams  overnight. Hence the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here. 
 The actual formation of the old Bhothathankettu remains a conjecture. It has been attributed to two great floods  one in the 4th century and the other in 1341, which threw open the Kochi Port.  The massive landslides during the floods are believed to have caused the gigantic rocks to roll down from the mountain and become entrenched in the old Bhoothathankettu. 
Pedal boats and speed boats are provided. The area around the boating facility is landscaped with tree houses and a children's play area. There is a nature walk trail after the dam through thick growth to the old Boothathankettu which is very refreshing and return path is parallel to the river. However the water is very deep and with strong under currents. 
 
Edamalayar dam is 14 km drive through thick jungle from Boothathankettu dam. You can find many picnic spots along the way, elephant sightings though rare, are a possibility. Close to Bhoothathankettu is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad. Trekking through the forests here is an exhiliarating experience.
 
Boat Fee,
Entrance fee is Rs-10/adult, for speed boat charge is Rs-500/ for 4 persons.
 
How to Reach: You can hire a taxi, auto rickshaw or a bus to this place from Kochi. 
 
Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 44 km and Ernakulam Junction, about 58 km.
  
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 37 km.

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Ernakulam
Location
Kothamangalam (Ernakulam)
Address
Kothamangalam, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin), 686681
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Kothamangalam
Nearest Railway Station
Aluva (Alwaye) (AWY)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
IN
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
GPS Code : VOCI
Open Year
1341
Height
100meter
Dedicated To
Kochi Port

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