Vaigai Dam


District administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu along with Bengaluru-based non-profit ATREE are using a ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers, the Thamirabarani.

Who built the Vaigai Dam?

chief minister K Kamaraj
Vaigai dam is an excellent example of how dams should be maintained. Former chief minister K Kamaraj built the dam to improve livelihood of farmers and provides drinking water for over 70 lakh residents of Madurai and Sivaganga, said K M Abbas, a leader of the farmers’ associations.

Where is Vaigai located?

Tamil Nadu state
Vaigai River, river in Tamil Nadu state, southern India, flowing 150 miles (240 km) generally southeast.

How many dams are there in Theni?

Travelers are voting Vaigai Dam, Pilavakkal and Amaravathi Dam as the best of 4 dams near Theni district. There are 3 dams near Chinnamanur a city just 63 km from Theni district and 2 dams near Virudunagar which is 77 km distant.

Why is Vaigai river famous?

It provides water for irrigation for the Madurai district and the Dindigul district as well as drinking water to Madurai and Andipatti.

Which dam is biggest in Tamil Nadu?

The Mettur Dam
The Mettur Dam is one of the largest dams in India and also the largest in Tamil Nadu, located across the river Kaveri where it enters the plains. Built in 1934, it took 9 years to complete. Maximum height and width of the dam are 214 and 171 feet, respectively.

Which is the oldest dam in Tamil Nadu?

Kallanai (also known as the Grand Anicut) is an ancient dam built by Karikala of Chola dynasty in 150 CE. It is built (in running water) across the Kaveri river flowing from Tiruchirapalli District to Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India.

How Mullaperiyar dam water reaches Vaigai?

The dam created the Periyar Thekkady reservoir, from which water was diverted eastwards via a tunnel to augment the small flow of the Vaigai River. The Vaigai was dammed by the Vaigai Dam to provide a source for irrigating large tracts around Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram districts.

Why is Kodaikanal called so?

By pronouncing Kodai with the long Tamil ‘o’ and short ‘e’, Ko-dai means “the end”. Kodaikanal could mean “the end of the forest” which makes poetic and geographical sense Kodaikanal is at the crown of the Palani Hills and is effectively surrounded and protected by thick forests.

Why is Madurai called Athens?

The resemblance to Athens: Madurai is known as the Athens of East due to two features mentioned as follows: In Athens, there is the Greek Pantheon an elevated top that is visible from anywhere in the city. Similarly, the Gopurams of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple are visible from anywhere.


The district has full majority being Tamils. A total of 119,661 were under the age of six, constituting 61,873 males and 57,788 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 20.72% and 0.15% of the population respectively.


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