We all know the importance of rivers. Rivers are the lifelines of human civilization. So, dams were built across them for irrigation and hydel power to establish the civilization. One such notable attraction in the Adilabad district is the Kadam dam.
Kadam Dam is constructed across the Kadam River, a tributary of the Godavari River near Kademm Mandal, Nirmal District, Telangana. The dam is located at the confluence of the Kadam River into Godavari. This project covers localized villages in Nirmal and Mancherial Districts.
The Project has been integrated with Sriram Sagar Project. The water in the reservoir is being supplied through Sri Rama Sagar Project by Saraswathi Canal to supply irrigation to the localized catchment area. Kadam dam has two major canals for water distribution. The left canal length is about 76.8 km and the right canal length is about 8 km.
Kadam dam has been constructed and inaugurated in the year 1958. The project is
also known as Kaddam Narayana Reddy Project. The reason behind the Kadam dam construction is to irrigate approximately 25000 hectares in the Nirmal district. The Kadam dam project is also known as the Godavari North Canal project, the structure was built between 1949 and 1965.
The dam is located in the midst of scenic hillocks and greenery making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. Kadam Dam is also accessible easily to tourists as it is near the Secunderabad-Manmad railway line.
Historians say that the dam is named after a Rishi by the name of Kandava who had performed great yagnas here. On the other hand, it was officially renamed by the government as Kadam Narayana Reddy Project (KNRP) as a tribute to a popular leader of this region.
Kadam dam serves many Mandals through both left and right canals. The left canal serves villages like Pedda Bellal, Chinna Bellal, Chityal, Kondukur, Kannapur, Moriigudem, Patha Kondukur, Uppari Gudem, Chinna camp, Perka Palli, and other villages of Kadem Mandal. The right canal serves Jannaram, Dandepally, Tallapallli, Myadarpet, and Luxettipet among others.
Presently, the Kadam dam has the capacity to irrigate 68000 hectares. The project has an adjacent beautiful park where tourists can spend quality time in a peaceful environment. The gushing waters from the floodgates during monsoon season is an experience to watch for tourists.
How to reach Kadam Dam
Adilabad is the nearest railway station to reach this dam. Kadam dam is located at a distance of nearly 70 km from Adilabad town and is accessible by road via Peddur village. Kadam Dam is at a distance of 2 km from Kaddam & Peddur Bus Stand, 51 km from Nirmal, 110 km from Adilabad, and 267 km from Hyderabad.