Chimmini Dam

Located 92km from kochi this is a beautiful picnic spot, which is free from tourists(or it was while we visited)

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Open space for kids to run around, and free of tourists

Don’t expect the climate to be cool, as its not a hill station but the trees give us plenty of shade and there is a constant flow of wind passing through the area, one can also take a dip in the water as the water current is not strong. There was a boat taking a few tourists around the lake. Book in advance for the boat ride as we couldn’t get one when we enquired on the spot. There seems to be just one boat.

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The lonely boat in the river

Unfortunately the roads leading to the Dam is not great, it’s not bad but it’s just ok not something that you expect from a place which is marked as a tourist spot. 25kms drive from the highway is unevenly tarred and gives us a bumpy experience, the only way out is keep your head up and admire the trees and scenic beauty of the wildlife reserve leading up to the dam.

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Narrow unevenly tarred road to the Dam

Since it was only 92kms we started a bit late by around 7am and took us just 3hours even with a breakfast stop near Saravana Bhavan to reach there.

My advice – The best way to enjoy this spot is to carry a picnic basket and have an early lunch there under the trees, admiring the view and wind on your face. Try and get out of there before noon.

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Plenty of shade and wind, Good place to have a packed Lunch and a dip in the water

 

 

Climate – Humid but a lot of wind and shade

Roads – 25kms from highway is just decent not great

Distance from kochi – 92kms

Best activity – Picnic

Shops near by – Just one tea shop in the spot for basic needs

 

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