Bhoothathankettu dam is situated in Pindimana village in Ernakulam district. A myth about this place is that the hills and the forest here were built by a Bhootham in an overnight. Hence it came to be called as the Bhoothathankettu which means the fort of the Bhootham which means spirit or ghost. The dam is constructed using irregular shaped large stones and is built on the Periyar river. Another story related to the dam was that there was a Shiva temple here which the Bhoothams decided to sink. They decided to construct a dam in order to submerge the temple in water. As they are bhoothams they can’t walk out at daylight and that they need to finish the construction of the dam in a night. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a cock and made the sound which made the bhoothams think that it was morning. The dam which they built was undone by the Lord. It is believed that what we see today is the remains of that.
It is a major tourist attraction and people can do trekking from here. There is no separate entry free to the forest. Guides are available here who gives information about the dam and the safe spots in this place. There is a small cave on the way which is believed to be the temple of ghosts. From the new dam site one can trek through these forests to reach the old dam site. On your way you can enjoy a wide variety of flora and the voice of the birds. Boating facilities are available here.
Several measures are taken by the tourism department for developing tourism in this area. A project called as Bhoothathankettu Tourism Scheme aims at providing facilities such as boat club, information centre, restaurants, artificial ponds etc. The pilgrims to Malayattoor take the route through this forest. Very close to this dam is the Thattekad Bird sanctuary. Other nearby attractions includes the Periyar valley irrigation project and the Idamalayar irrigation project.
How To Reach
|Near Bus Station||Kothamangalam at a distance of 10 kms|
|Near Railway Station||Ernakulam railway station at a distance of 50 kms|
|Near Airport||Cochin International Airport at a distance of 75 kms|