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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Poringalkuthu Reservoir: Nestled in the tropical rainforests of Vazhachal, Kerala

The Pollachi to Chalakudy belt is possibly got the highest concentration of large water bodies in India and all this is made possible by the dense and pristine rainforests of the Western Ghats here. To name a few, we have the Aliyar Dam, Nirar Dam, Upper Sholayar Dam, Lower Sholayar dam, the Poringalkuthu Dam and many more.

Poringalkuthu Reservoir as seen from the Vazhachal ghat roads
Of all these, the Poringalkuthu reservoir is possibly the most remote. While the others are surrounded by tea estates and forests, this one is just surrounded by tropical rainforests and evergreen forests. One can see this mighty reservoir play hide and seek while driving on the Vazhachal forest road.

Mist settles in on the Poringalputhu Reservoir
From the road, the reservoir itself forms quite a sight with large tall trees surrounding it on all sides and dense clouds above it always making their e presence felt. It is the water from this reservoir that ends up landing at the mighty Athirapally falls. This terrain is also home to a large concentration of Asiatic elephants.



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