Hanging Out Like Locals in Kundala Dam


Kundala Dam also known as Kundala Arch Dam is located approximately 22 km away from Munnar in Kerala, South India. The dam is located 1600 meters (5,250 feet) above sea level and 259 meters (850 feet) in length. It was opened in 1946.

 

Kundala Dam, 259 meters (850 feet) in length
Kundala Dam, 259 meters (850 feet) in length

 

It was fun visiting here. My friends and I ate at a local make-shift store beside souvenir shops in front of the dam. The place served an omelet-like food. It smelled good when she was preparing our food. Maybe we were just hungry.

 


In front of the Kundala Dam was a line of souvenir shops selling little trinkets and souvenirs. Some are made by locals and some are from China.

 

 


One interesting person I met there was a little boy. I am guessing he was about 5 or 6 years old. He knew how to pose for the camera. He was even blowing me kisses. HAHA! He was not camera shy at all.

 


After eating, my friends and I got on one of the pedal boats available for rent on the dam.  We had a great time soaking up the view of the Kundala Dam and laughing about funny stories we told each other.

 

Pedal Boat in Kundala Dam
Pedal Boat in Kundala Dam

 

If you are interested in exploring more what’s around, the Aruvikkad falls and a golf course are also nearby.

 

Also, the “Top Station” is only 32Km (20 miles) away from Munnar. Hopefully, you time your visit when the Nilakurinji or strobilanthus are on bloom! This rare flower only blooms every 12 years! Locals say the next one will be in 2018.

 

Mountains around the Kundala Dam
Mountains around the Kundala Dam

 

If you wish to do some exploring on foot, there are also plenty of trails in the area. Munnar has the highest peak in South India called Anamudi located at approximately 2695m (8842 feet) above sea level. However, be aware that since there is a national park nearby and is protected, wild animals roam free, which could be a beautiful experience, but stay in a safe distance and do not provoke the animals. To see some pictures of Anamudi, click here.

 

This whole area due to its cooler temperature and picturesque mountains, the British Government, back in the day when India was under their rule, made this region their summer residence.

 

 Overall, this was a great day!  I laughed out loud with friends, ate and hung out at a local eatery, got to do something active by pedaling boats, and the scenery was fantastic!  Who wouldn’t want to spend a day like that?!

 




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