Which is the Highest Dam in India?
With a staggering height of 260 meters, Tehri Dam stands tall as one of the highest dams in Asia and the highest dam in India. With a length of 575 meters, the crest width of 20 meters, and base width 1,128 meters, Tehri is a reservoir for 2.6 cubic kilometres with a surface area of 52 square kilometres. Tehri Dam is the world's most significant hydro-electric water project and draws water from the rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana which flow from the Himalayas. Apart from supplying water for irrigation and daily consumption, the dam generates 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectricity.
History of Tehri Dam
Activities on Tehri Dam
- Jet Skiing: also known as water scooters, Jet Skis are a vehicle for a single person which travels on the water. Enjoy the experience of roaring through the waters amidst the hills of Himalayas at Tehri.
- Water skiing: this adventure activity is the hydro counterpart of skiing on snow. Skiis are tied to your feet as you ride on the water holding a rope. The rope is fastened to a motorboat.
- Kayaking: this water sport involves the propelling of a kayak by the individual.
- Rafting: navigating the rough waters in Rishikesh has long been the trend, but now you have the opportunity to relish this sport at Tehri too.
- Water Zorbing: the terrific experience of walking on water inside a giant, transparent, plastic ball is a thrilling activity you can take part in at Tehri.
- Parasailing: Parasailing or Parakiting, is an activity in which a person is towed behind a motorboat while being attached to a parachute.
5 Other High Dams in India
1. Bhakra Nangal Dam
2. Sardar Sarovar Dam
Built on the Narmada river, the Sardar Sarovar dam was a project started in 1979. The dam is the largest dam built on the river Narmada, aimed at providing drinking water, irrigation water and hydro-power for the state of Gujrat. Given its innate beauty and tourist facilities, the dam has grown into a famous tourist destination. The Gujrat government also plans to set up solar panels in the Narmada canal to generate solar power which would help the villagers of Gujrat. There is a guided tour facility here which shows you the six points to visit at the dam. The points are- the foundation stone laid by Jawaharlal Nehru, a garden, a lake where you can go for boating, the first lock gate and a trekking point for students who participate in nature camps. October and November are the best months to visit the dam. Other attractions nearby-
-Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary
-Dediapada Range which also consists of the Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary
-Vishal Khadi Eco Campsite
-Samot-Malsamot Eco Campsite
-Sagai-Malsamot Eco Campsite
-Zarwani Eco Campsite
-Kanjeta Eco Campsite
3. Hirakud Dam
4. Nagarjuna Sagar DamThe world's largest masonry dam, the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is built on the mighty river Krishna. The dam is 490 feet tall, 16 kilometres long with 26 gates and has a capacity for 11, 472 million cubic meters. The majestic structure, coupled with irresistible beauty attracts a large number of tourists. The dam is named after a Buddhist monk Acharya Nagarjuna. Nagarjuna Sagar irrigates the districts of Nalgonda, Guntur, Khammam and Prakasam, an area more than 10 lakh acre. In 1972 with the help of around 45,000 to 70,000 workers, the dam was completed. The reservoir which is perched next to the dam is a beautiful spot. Apart from that, there are attractions like the Nagarjunakonda Island, which lies in the centre of the lake. This island has the remains of the Buddhist settlement which was drowned during the construction and was relocated there.
5. Idukki Arch Dam
Idukki Arch Dam, an engineering marvel, is located in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is an arch dam with a double curvature and is built on River Periyar. Precisely, the dam is constructed in a gorge between two hills, Kuravathi and Kuravan. It is at the height of about 550 feet and is a breathtaking sight in the otherwise rugged terrain. With this height, it is one of the highest arch dams in Asia.