Vaigai Dam, an ultimate picnic spot built across the Vaigai River near Andipatti village in Theni district, is around 70km from Madurai on the way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkadi. It is the starting point of a multipurpose project that provides irrigation water to thousands of farmers, drinking water to several thousand households, 6 MW of hydropower and facilitates inland fisheries and tourism.
To say that Vaigai Dam is a lifeline would not be an exaggeration. While the Vaigai River across which it is constructed was always a part of the lives of the people of Madurai, Dindigul and Theni districts in Southern India, it was the dam when constructed in 1959 that made it possible to put the water to good use. Under the project, water in the Vagai River was augmented by diverting water through tunnels from Periar in Kerala. The reservoir created by the construction of Vaigai Dam now impounds about 58,000 cubic ft. The farmers in the area are totally dependent on the water releases from the dam to cultivate more than forty five thousand acres of land.
This popular leisure spot beautifully illuminated on weekends, offers a breath-taking sight. On one side of the dam there is a beautiful garden known as Little Brindavan with all kinds of exotic flowers and plants. Picturesque hills border the river on the other side.
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