(Last Updated on : 09/07/2014)
Neyyar dam was established in 1958 in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, South India. The dam lies only 32 km east of Trivandrum. A popular picnic spot, this dam has the southern low hills of the Western Ghats in its background. Neyyar Dam has a beautiful lake in its catchment area. The dam was initially built for irrigation purpose.
The Neyyar dam has adjacent forested areas, which also serves as a sanctuary. The wild life includes Gaur, Sambar Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Nilgiri Langur and Wild Elephants. The nearest airport to Neyyar dam is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest railway station, lying at 32 km.
Neyyar dam is included in the province of Kallikkad Panchayath of Neyyattinkara Taluk. The peak Agasthya Kooodam is a lovely spot, very close to the Neyyar dam. One canal of River Neyyar flows into the western districts of Tamil Nadu. The main river Neyyar flows across Kallikkadu, Aryancode, Marayamuttom Neyyattinkara, Ottasekharamangalam, Kezaroor, and Poovar. The river finally debouches at Arabian Sea.
The prime attractions at the Neyyar dam are the adjacent Lion safari park, Crocodile farm, Deer park, Miniature wild life sanctuary and Lake Garden. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir. There is also a large swimming pool within the limits. The watchtower offers a panoramic view of the river and the reservoir.
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