Built across the Vaigai River, the Vaigai Dam is located around 70 km from Madurai. The Vaigai dam is a lifeline for the people of Madurai, Theni and Dindgul. The farmers in the region are completely dependent on the water from the dam for irrigation purpose. The dam was inaugurated by then Chief Minister K. Kamaraj on January 21, 1959. The 111 ft tall dam has a storage capacity of 6,143 mcft.
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A beautiful garden, called as Little Brindavan, on the side of the dam offers you the perfect spot to relax. There is also a play area for children. The scenic hills on either side of the dam, the river and garden make the place is an ideal place for a one-day picnic with your family. A musical dancing fountain was built near the dam and it operates on weekends and on government holidays between 6 am and 8 pm.
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People usually drive down to this places during monsoon to enjoy the lush greenery. After the monsoon, the water level increases and the seven flood gates are opened. The beautiful sight of water gushing out from the gates will mesmerize you. From farmers to visitors to officials, everybody celebrates the release of water from the flood gates.
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