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IDUKKI which means "narrow gorge". The Periyar River gushes through this place to the west. On wither side of the river, Creating the gorge, are the mighty hills Kuravan and Kurathi bridging the gorge is the magnificent Idduki Arch dam, set against densely wooded hills and valleys studded with rushing streams
THE IDUKKI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY : This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq. Km and is about 450 - 748 m above sea level. The Idukki reservoir formed by three dams - Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu - extends to 33 sq km.
SPECIES FOUND IN THIS SANCTUARY : Animals : Elephant, Bison, Sambar Deer, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Tiger, Wild Boar Etc. Snakes : Cobra, Viper, Krait And A Number Of Non Poisonous Snakes. Birds : Jungle Foul, Myna, Laughing Thrush, Black Bulbul, Peafowl, Woodpecker, Kingfisher
IDUKKI ARCH DAM : This is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft. High and 650 ft. Wide, the dam lies close to the Cheruthoni Barrage. To its West is the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki wildlife sanctuary is located close by.
MULLAPERIYAR DAM : Mullaperyiar dam was built by British in 1895. It stands on Periyar river whose flow originates from Thekkady. The dam was built mainly for watering the paddy fields of Tamil Nadu perenially drought - prone. Even though the dam is now in Kerala, most of the water in the reservoir is still released to Tamil Nadu and is cause for considerable political tensions between the two states.The dam is 175 feet tall in height and is 5704 feet long.

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