A scenic damsite with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. Historical background, beauty accompanied legends make Bhoothathankettu unique and makes it a dreamland for the tourists. The forest on the right bank of the Periyar and the garden on the left bank are extremely attractive.
The mythologically popular picnic spot lies close to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu. The myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirit/ghosts) overnight. Hence the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here.
Trekking though the enchanting wilderness to the old Bhoothathankettu holds promises of excitement to adventure lovers. The two main irrigation projects of Ernakulam district – the Periyar Valley Irrigation Project and the Idamalayar Irrigation Project are also located nearby.
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam junction, about 50 km away.
Nearest airport: Kochi international airport about 26 km from Ernakulam town.