Mattupetty Dam And Mattupetty Indo-Swiss Farm
Mattupetty Dam is located approximately 13 km from Munnar on Top Station Road. The lake and dam and the nearby tea ground makes a great view.
Mattupetty Dam is a concrete gravity dam, constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and for hydroelectricity generation. The dam is a haven for many wild animals and birds due to its constant water availability.
Nestled within the hills of Munnar, this hill station is situated at a height of 1,700 m. Here you can enjoy the view of the green valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around.
In the vicinity of the dam is a beautiful lake where you can enjoy a serene boat ride on the calm waters and engage yourself with water sport activities. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki, has made arrangements for the people to enjoy different boating facilities like speed launch, slow speedboat, pedal boat, rowboat, and motorboats. Boating in Mattupetty Lake is a memorable experience. This place is also famous for Eucalyptus Oil, which is sold near the dam.
Adventure lovers also have the option of trekking in the Shola forest. The Shola forest near the village is perfect for trekking as it houses varieties of birds and animals, many rivulets and cascades that add to its beauty.
Mattupetty Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Mattupetty is also famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, an Indo-swiss project. Mattupetty Indo Swiss Farm, spread over an area of 191 hectares, is famous for cattle farming. The farm is home to around hundreds of varieties of high-quality cattle and about 400 heads of cattle are reared here. The farm is part of the Indo-Swiss Project headquartered at Mattupetty. Located amidst green grasslands, Indo Swiss Project at 3 km away from Mattupetty Dam is devoted to cattle development and research center set up by the Government of Switzerland. The project was launched in 1963 on the basis of a bilateral agreement executed between the Swiss Confederation and the Government of India. The project has made great strides in the improvement of livestock farming in the state. One of them is the development of Swiss Brown, a crossbreed suited for the state’s conditions. The project is now managed by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board. The gardens are very well maintained. There were many pastures and forested areas surrounding the buildings making the area lush and beautiful.
This farm has hundreds of high yielding cattle, that can be seen grazing freely on the hills.
Watching these cattle is a unique experience in itself. It is open for visitors between 9 AM to 11 AM and 2 PM to 3:30 PM.
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