Papanasam Dam is located in Tirunelveli District
of Tamil Nadu
. It was built during the British rule and is 5.4 m wide, 265 m long and 240 m high. The Papanasam dam is also known as the Tambiraparani River Dam and has a total catchment area of 147 sq km.
The surrounding lake with high mountains on the backdrop creates breathtaking scenes. The thundersous roar of water cascading down gives one feel of the power of nature. The mountains around the dam are green and thick with huge trees. Various breeds of monkeys roam around freely.
Boating is possible in the lake but swimming is strictly prohibited as it is populated with crocodiles. At the end of the lake there is a tunnel through which water flows to another river and another new dam.
The dam is around 10 km west of Ambasamudram and is an hourís drive from Kuttalam.