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Yeldari Dam

A primarily earth filled water body, Yeldari Dam is located on Purna River. Lying in Yeldari in Parbhani district of Maharashtra, this dam possesses a height of 51.2 metres above its lowest foundation, while it is spread over a length of 4,232 metres. The dam’s gross storage capacity stands at 934,310 cubic km.

Fact File

Construction of Yeldari Dam was started in 1961 and the aim was to provide relief to the people of this area from their water woes. However, it was built in phases because work had to be stopped twice in between. In 1962, they had to stop work when China attacked India. Later, in 1964 a similar problem arose when Indian witnessed a war with Pakistan. At both these times, work was hampered, which delayed construction of the dam. Finally, in 1968 the administration undertook construction of the dam and it was completed.   

Yeldari Dam started its operations in 1968 and covers a surface area of 101,540 square km. The major purpose behind construction of the dam was irrigation and hydroelectricity generation and it was constructed under the supervision of Yeshwantrao Chavan. The dam was initially constructed as a small hydal power station, but was later modernized and expanded as a very huge reservoir. This also resulted in making it as a major tourist spot.

Nearby Places to Visit

Yeldari Dam has several other places of interest that attract lots of tourists from all over the country. Some of the notable places are Siddheshwar Dam, Lonar Crater Lake and Kamalja Devi Temple. Yeldari Dam is situated close to several cities within the range of 100 km, including Risod, Hingoli, Mehkar, Partur, Washim, Malegaon, Paturand Chikhli.

There is an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu around the dam. At a distance of about half kilometre by road, it is said that this temple was constructed by the Kings of Vijayanagar Empire. It was built in 16th century and makes for a religious place as well as a wonderful picnic spot. The temple is surrounded by lush greenery and a dense forestry.

Best Time to Visit

Parbhani manages to attract a large number of visitors in the months of February, March, October, November and December. These months experience pleasant climate which is considered as the best for sightseeing and other outdoor activities.

How to Reach

Parbhani has good transport connectivity both through trains and buses from several major places. You can easily reach Parbhani by boarding trains that operate from different parts of the country, including Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Nashik, Delhi, Pune, Surat and Aurangabad.

Some of the major trains that stop here are Deekshabhoomi Express, Sainagar Shirdi Secunderabad Express, Ajanta Express, Hazur Sahib Nanded-Pune Express and Nanded-Pune Biweekly Superfast Express. All these trains have a stopover at Parbhani Junction, which makes it convenient to get to Yeldari Dam.

Meanwhile, road transportation services are active in the area. Parbhani can be accessed through buses and taxis from several other areas. It is advisable to make advance booking for bus, train and taxi in order to avoid any discomfort and mess up at the last moment.

Tourist Accommodation

There is a wide range of budget and luxury staying options as well as other private accommodation in surrounding areas of Yeldari Dam for tourists. You can choose from all the available options depending on your budget, taste and preference. These accommodations are equipped with several facilities and amenities in order to ensure maximum comfort to its visitors.

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