Chittar Dam is a reservoir located at Pechiparai Village in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. Chittar dams were constructed as part of the Kodayar System Major Irrigation Project. There are 2 dams, namely, Chittar-1 and Chittar. The reservoirs and dams are controlled by the Tamil Nadu state electricity board. The Chittar Reservoir is built on the Chittar River. This river and its five tributaries originate in the Courtallam hills in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
It is also known as Sivalokam reservoir mainly used for irrigation purpose in the rural areas of Marthandam and Kulasekharam area. The construction of Chittar Dam I and II flooded the area and created the Chittar Lake, which has enhanced the beauty of the area. This dam has no shutters as seen in other dams. The Chittar Reservoir serves as an important source of irrigation for the region. The Chitter Reservoir is a well-known tourist spot, owing to its superb views, breathtaking scene of waterfalls and cascades.
Chittar-1 is the smaller of the two. The low wall of the dam abuts the road. The waters are cool and depth of the dam is very less if it is during summer and even during monsoon, you can enjoy a cool and refreshing bath. The best time to visit Chittar is the winter monsoons, when the climate is cooler and the sun not so harsh.
Chittar Dam consists of 2 dams Chittar 1 and Chittar 2 and are connected with each other via an internal road. Chittar 1 and Chittar 2 has crystal clear waters and the reflection of the short and green peaks nearby is the uniqueness of the place. Chittar is not a general tourist destination. It is a perfect retreat or family outing spot where you can carry in your picnic bags and have a great outing experience. But please be responsible and do not litter, and help it maintain its uniqueness.