Valparai Attractions Dams in & around – Ailyar reservoir was studied by the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CFRI) for eleven years from 1982 to 1992. The rate of energy conversion at primary producer level and at the fish production level at Aliyar is considered higher than in any other Indian reservoir. The indigenous fish of the reservoir includes 40 species belonging to 13 families, plus seven stocked species.
Valparai Attractions Dams in & around – Aliyar dam is a popular tourist destination. Near Aliyar dam are some visitor attractions including a park, garden, aquarium, play area and a mini Theme-Park maintained by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Corporation for visitors enjoyment. Temple of Consciousness is situated near Aliyar dam entrance at Arutperunjothi Nagar, where Vethathiri_Maharishi resides. The scenery is beautiful, with mountains surrounding three quarters of the reservoir. Boating is also available. Monkey Falls is located at 6 Kms from the dam next to Arutperunjothi Nagar and Forest Department Checkpost. Ambarambalayam Darga is situated nearby on the banks of the Aliyar River. Overnight stay is possible in the forest rest house. A treetop house provides accommodation for the adventurous.
The dam is 81 meters in height and is a feat of excellent engineering work. The Aliyar dam located at the base of Valparai hills is worth a visit. The dam also has a sprawling garden and a soothing environment.
Panoramic view of Aliyar reservoir is filled with surrounding mountains and an island in the middle of the lake which completely enthralls and captivates the visitors and turns them lively and cheerful. Another nearby attraction is Aliyar canal, a quaint water stream overflowing from a step like structure and flowing into the valley below. This view attracts and compels tourists, photography enthusiasts and movie directors to visit this place. This is also a well known film shooting location in Pollachi.
This project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the waters of the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, flowing at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation.
Aliyar Park is a leisure place to enjoy the natural scenery of Aliyar dam and Chain Mountains of Western Ghats. Kids can have a pleasant time in the park.