The 5 Biggest Dams in India

After independence India has made lot of progress in dams and water reservoirs, Today India is one of the world’s most prolific dam-builders. There are around 4300 large dams already constructed and many more in the pipeline, Almost half of which are more than twenty years old. These dams are major attraction of tourists from all over India.

Some facts about the Indian dams:
Tehri dam is the eighth highest dam in the world.
Idukki dam is the first Indian arch dam build across the Periyar river in Kerala and the largest arch dam in Asia.
Grand Anicut of Kallanai, located on Holy Cavery River in Tamil Nadu, is the oldest dam in the world.
Indira Sagar Dam has the Largest Reservoir in India followed by Nagarjunasagar and Gobind sagar reservoir.

भारत के पाँच प्रमुख एवम् विशालकाय बाँध.

Which is the Biggest/Largest dam in India?

Tehri Dam on Bhagirathi river is the biggest, highest and tallest dam in India and also the eighth highest dam in the world, located at Uttarakhand.

1. Tehri Dam – Uttarakhand

Tehri Dam

Tehri Dam located on the Bhagirathi River, Uttaranchal now become Uttarakhand. Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India,with a height of 261 meters and the eighth tallest dam in the world.
The high rock and earth-fill embankment dam first phase was completed in 2006 and other two phases are under construction. The Dam water reservoir use for irrigation, municipal water supply and the generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity.

  • Height: 260 meters
  • Length: 575 meters
  • Type: Earth and rock-fill
  • Reservoir Capacity: 2,100,000 acre·ft
  • River: Bhagirathi River
  • Location: Uttarakhand
  • Installed capacity: 1,000 MW

2. Bhakra Dam – Himachal Pradesh

bakrana-ngal-dam

Bhakra Nangal Dam is a gravity dam across the Sutlej river Himachal Pradesh. Bhakra is the largest dam in India, with a height of 226 meters and second largest Dam in Asia. Its reservoir, known as the “Gobind Sagar Lake” it is the second largest reservoir in India, the first being Indira Sagar dam in MP.

  • Height: 226 meters
  • Length: 520 meters
  • Type: Concrete gravity
  • Reservoir Capacity: 7,501,775 acre·ft
  • River: Sutlej River
  • Location: Himachal Pradesh
  • Installed capacity: 1325 MW

3. Sardar Sarovar Dam – Gujarat

Sardar_sarovar_dam

Sardar Sarovar Dam also known as Narmada Dam is the largest dam to be built, with a height of 163 meters, over the Sacred Narmada River in Gujarat. Drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra will get irrigate by this project.

The gravity dam is the largest dam of Narmada Valley Project with power facilities up to 200 MW. The dam is meant to benefit the 4 major states of India Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

  • Height: 163 meters
  • Length:1,210 meters
  • Type: Gravity Dam
  • Reservoir Capacity: 7,701,775 acre·ft
  • River: Narmada River
  • Location: Gujarat
  • Installed capacity: 1,450 MW

Indian government has approved the proposal to raise the dam’s height from 121.9 metres to 138.7 metres, making it the second highest dam in the world after Grand Coulee in the US. The dam was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, 2017

4. Hirakud Dam – Odisha

Hirakud-Dam

Hirakud dam built across the Mahanadi River in tribal state Orissa. Hirakud Dam is one of the longest dams in the world about 26 km in length. There are two observation towers on the dam one is “Gandhi Minar” and another one is “Nehru Minar”.

The Hirakud Reservoir is 25 km long used as multipurpose scheme intended for flood control, irrigation and power generation. It was one of the major multipurpose river valley project after Independence.

  • Height: 60.96  meters
  • Length: 25.8 km
  • Type: Composite Dam
  • Reservoir Capacity: 4,779,965 acre·ft
  • River: Mahanadi River
  • Location: Odisha
  • Installed capacity: 307.5 MW

5. NagarjunaSagar Dam – Telangana/Andhra Pradesh

Nagarjuna-sagar-Dam
  • Height: 124 meters
  • Length:1,450 meters
  • Type: Masonry Dam
  • Reservoir Capacity: 9,371,845 acre·ft
  • River: Krishna River
  • Location: Telangana/Andhra Pradesh
  • Installed capacity: 816 MW

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the world’s largest masonry dam with a height of 124 meters, built across Krishna River in Telangana. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is certainly the pride of India-considered one of the largest man-made lake in the world.

The 1.6 km long with 26 gates dam was symbol of modern India’s architectural and technological triumphs over nature. Today, Nagarjuna Sagar dam is one of the top 20 must see tourist destinations of Telangana state.

Biggest and Largest Dams in India by Height

There are total 8 major dams of India ranked at the world level by height and storage of water. Follow the link to know about the Tallest, highest,biggest, longest and largest dams in India by height – Click Here.

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Pushpendra
9 years ago

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aditi satfale
aditi satfale
9 years ago

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Bipin gangera
Bipin gangera
9 years ago

Wonderfull information, I get that I want.

Avijit
Avijit
9 years ago

Very nice Introduction , I never knew of oldest dam in the world is in India – “The Grand Anicut, Kallanai, located on Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu, is the oldest dam in the world”.
-avijit

Deva
Deva
9 years ago

excellent collections….:)

vinayak bhasar
vinayak bhasar
9 years ago

dams structures are very great.more exciting

Digvijay Singh Guleria
Digvijay Singh Guleria
9 years ago

Wonderfull collection of Dam structure in India

mayur marekar
mayur marekar
9 years ago

this is the glory of civil engineering…i am so proud..that i am being part of this system. Great work

Utam kumar
Utam kumar
9 years ago

Wow……..thats very good tell about dams
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Himanshu
9 years ago

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ravi kadivar
ravi kadivar
9 years ago

why namada dam’s hight does not increas upto 195 meter?
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hiti
hiti
9 years ago

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Devrup
9 years ago

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Punit Dwivedi
Punit Dwivedi
9 years ago

Good but we should have counted ten dams

Ramakrishna .s Joshi Asst Engineer
Ramakrishna .s Joshi Asst Engineer
9 years ago

These structures are monument &proud of India

Tithi
Tithi
9 years ago

really great information, very nice introduction.

Anoop
Anoop
9 years ago

It’s very helpful

Devaraj
Devaraj
9 years ago

Very good information. Keep updating so that we can know more.
Thanks.

ajay
ajay
9 years ago

really great information about top dams in india & it usful to civil engg.students

tony
tony
9 years ago

why don’t you include the devastating affect these dams are having on the farmers in India or how the world bank uses the dams to gain power over the citizens of India

venkatesh
venkatesh
9 years ago

sir, good information for construction people. we have executed dam 51 m height in ratnagiri dist. costing Rs.30 cr.

giri
giri
9 years ago

we have proud be indian great information about dams

siraj
siraj
9 years ago

Really very gud info abt 5 biggest dam in india.. very much informative wid pics…

manisha
manisha
9 years ago

thanks, this is great info.

Sanjib Roy(Jamshedpur)
Sanjib Roy(Jamshedpur)
9 years ago

The dam which is build on mahanadi is excellent superb

vijay bhandari
vijay bhandari
9 years ago

its nice

tejas tikhe
tejas tikhe
9 years ago

Thats great, really awesome.

kishor
kishor
9 years ago

very good photos & dam detail

dharmesh
dharmesh
9 years ago

detailed information should b given.

sainath
sainath
9 years ago

dams are constructed by great civil engineers.All credits goes to them only.

nikita basumatary
nikita basumatary
9 years ago

its awesome……. keep it up India

vinay tyagi
vinay tyagi
9 years ago

I am thankful . It is very useful for youngsters.

sumit
sumit
9 years ago

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Lavanya
Lavanya
9 years ago

This is fabulous… This is so much informative and it has a answer to every question…. Hats off to WALK THROUGH INDIA and GOOGLE….<3

admin
9 years ago

Hey Lavanya,
Thank you so much 🙂

sandeep kapoor
sandeep kapoor
9 years ago

Thank you .It’s Very Nice

mrinal paliwal
mrinal paliwal
9 years ago

cool… it’s very pleasure to have this info…
InCrEdIbLe InDiA !!

chiky
9 years ago

hey i cant believe it that the first and second dam belong to “india”.

Raji
9 years ago

very nice.. helpful for project..

yusuf khan
9 years ago

it is very nice project. helpful for all

vimal kumar
9 years ago

it’s really very good, thanks
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archa
archa
9 years ago

It is truly great. it shows the power in hands of human being to do impossible things.

prasad
prasad
9 years ago

great to see these dam’s in my life.

debasish halder
debasish halder
9 years ago

Indian dams are the awesome ,These are placed between the two mountain or the hilly areas . if any one want to do project or wanna learn then it is the best reference for all…..

Sarthak Jain
Sarthak Jain
9 years ago

Very Useful

preet kanwal
preet kanwal
9 years ago

great and good info thnxxxxxxxxxx

shivani
shivani
9 years ago

nyc, bt hav info in hindi language also…!!!!
gud ……………………..keep it up !!!!

Datta Aher
Datta Aher
9 years ago

It’s really nice and useful info… India Rocks…

Debasish Padhee
Debasish Padhee
9 years ago

Hirakud dam is a very beautiful dam.

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