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Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam
Shutters of Peechi Dam
Official name Peechi Dam
Location Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Construction began 1947
Opening date 1957
Operator(s) Irrigation Department, Kerala
Dam and spillways
Height 8.46 metre
Length 213 metre
Width (base) 4.27 metre
Creates Manali River
Capacity: tmc ft.

Peechi Dam is situated 22 km (14 mi) outside Thrissur city in Kerala, India. The dam was started as an irrigation project for the surrounding villages in Thrissur. At the same time, it catered the drinking water needs of the population of Thrissur City. It serves as an irrigation dam, reaching out to the paddy fields in and around Thrissur city. Built across the Manali River, the dam is a vast catchment area of nearly 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offer numerous inviting avenues for tourists. One can see tuskers on the bank of Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 covering 125 square kilometres (48 sq mi).


Entrance of Peechi Dam

E. Ikkanda Warrier (1890–1977), the first Prime Minister of the then independent state of Kochi, India, was the architect of Peechi Dam. Majority of the Thrissurian opposed the dam cutting across the partyline. He brought a retired Chief Engineer from Andhra Pradesh to build the dam as engineers from Kerala opposed the project. The dam was completed in 1959. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, first Kerala Governor on October 4, 1957 inaugurated the dam.[1]


A commemorative plaque installed for the engineers and workers who built the Peechi Dam.
  • By Road: Peechi Dam is well connected to Thrissur city. It is at a distance of 15 km (9.3 mi) from Thrissur city and have regular Kerala transport and private buses.
  • By Rail: The nearest railway station to Peechi Dam is the Thrissur Railway Station, which is only at distance of 22 kilometers.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Peechi Dam is the Kochi International Airport which is at a distance of only 68 km (42 mi).
A view of Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary from Peechi Dam


  • Accommodation facilities can be availed at the rest house and the information centre.
  • Hotels are available in Thrissur City.


  • One of the oldest dams in Kerala
  • Type of Dam: Concrete Straight Gravity

See also[edit]

Contractor: Mr N O Inasu, Nadakkavukaran .


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6 news items

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:03:36 -0700

The unique system of water conservation dates back to the time when the Chimmini dam was non-existent and the farmers had to depend solely on Peechi dam for their irrigation needs. However, the researchers have given a warning that the fluctuating ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:30:00 -0700

... which supplies power to the neighbouring regions. Another mini-hydel power project at Peechi dam which has been generating 3.21 million units of electricity annually is already operational in the district, apart from the hydel-power project at ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 04 May 2015 17:42:39 -0700

The works with regard to the water tanks were commissioned in 2006 and the plan was to pump water to the tanks directly from Peechi Dam. “The two water tanks with a capacity of 4.6 lakh litres of water which were built by spending `6 crore as a part of ...
The Hindu
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 01:17:55 -0800

National Highways Authority of India Chairman Rajinder Pal Singh called on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at the Secretariat on Friday. The two were said to have discussed plans for the development of national highways in Telangana in ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 22:08:09 -0800

The Malampuzha dam was commissioned in 1955, and the Walayar dam in 1956. (Both are in Palakkad district.) The Peechi dam in Thrissur district was inaugurated in 1958. All these are straight gravity dams. (The Walayar dam has connecting earth dams).
Times of India
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:48:45 -0700

"Some of the tributaries to the Pothundi, Meenkara, Chulliyar, Mangalam and Peechi Dam originate from Nelliyampathy hills. The storage in these reservoirs is badly affected due to the deforestation and indiscriminate felling in this area,'' said V ...

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