Chiklihole dam is a small reservoir built across the river Chiklihole flowing through the Cauvery basin of Karnataka. The dam is located near the town of Nanjarayapattana that lies between Madikeri and Kushalnagar in the Kodagu or Coorg district of Karnataka. The best part about the location of the dam is that it stands at a distance of just 5 km from the Dubare forest.
The beautiful surrounding of this water body is a sight to behold. The tranquility of the place is enhanced by the green meadow covering one side of the reservoir and lush green forests covering the other side.
The unique shape of the dam in itself is a great attraction for visitors. The dam has a semi-circular structure without any crest gates. With the increase in inflow, the water overflows like foam on curved structure and offers a breath taking sight to visitors.
The place is often frequented by locals for day-long picnics. Watching sunset from the dam is a wonderful experience. As the place is a remote one, there is no store or shop offering any kind of facilities to travellers. Visitors must come prepared with food, water and snacks if they want to spend a relaxing day or even a few hours in the vicinity of the dam.
The best time to visit the dam is during the seasons of monsoon and winter (June to March) as during that time the weather is pleasant, the water level increases in the dam and the view is splendid.