Bhoothathankettu is among the most picturesque dams in Kerala. It is said the natural fortification of hills and forests that guard the place were built by bhoothams (spirits/ghosts). Located in Ernakulam district, it contains some of the best trekking trails in the State.
The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir (Thattekad Reservoir). Trekking through the forests here is an exhilarating experience. A boat ride here is a beautiful way to explore the natural beauty on display. Located nearby is the legendary Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad.
Tourist Places of Interest
Large blocks of unshaped stones are placed on both sides of the Periyar River to form the dam, making it look like a natural dam built by superhumans. The name Bhoothathan Kettu, means "monster fort"; past generations believed it was built by a Bhootham (monster).
Who built Bhoothathankettu / Legend
The past generations believed that the old dam was built by “Bhootham” or Ghosts. The story goes that ages ago, demons set out to submerge the Trikkariyoor temple, whose presiding diety is Lord Shiva, by damming the Periyar and flooding the area. But, Lord Shiva, suspecting trickery, came up with a plan to deter them.
Also located here are:
Boating in Bhoothathankettu Dam
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (Thattekad Bird Sanctuary)
The Idamalayar reservoir is about 12 km distance from the place
Bhoothathankettu New Bridge:
The bridge built ( 296 m length and 11 m width) parallel to the Bhoothathankettu Dam was opened to the public for transportation
Contact Details: DTPC, Ernakulam, Ph: +91 484 2367334
Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station is about 44 km and Ernakulam Junction Railway Station is about 58 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 37 km