A Dam is barrier or wall which is built across river to stop the flow of water to make lake .Water in that lake are further used in power generation ,irrigation and water supply.

Now ,INDIA has become one to prolific dam-builders in world with the help of technology  and some of the largest dam in India has become tourist place where people come all over world to see these dam.

Top 5 largest dam in India

5   Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

It is also world s largest masonry dam ,it is built across krishna river in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh .


  • Location:Andhra Pradesh
  • Type:Masonry Dam (Masonry dams are dams made out of masonry – mainly stone and brick)
  • Height:124 meters
  • Length:1,450 meters
  • Reservoir Capacity:9,371,845 acre·ft
  • River:Krishna River
  • Installed capacity: 816 MW

4  Hirakud Dam 

Hirakud dam built in Orissa on Mahanadi river .It also consist of two observation tower Gandhi Minar and Nehru minar .It is used for multipurpose things flood control ,power generation and irrigation.

  • Height:96  meters
  • Length:8 km
  • Type:Composite Dam
  • Reservoir Capacity:4,779,965 acr·ft
  • River:Mahanadi River
  • Location:Orissa
  • Installed capacity: 307.5 MW

3  SardarSarovar Dam 

SardarSarovar Dam is largest dam with height of 163 meters ,and it is also know as Narmada Dam .It is located in Gujarat and benefit 4 states of India Rajasthan ,MadhyaPradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Recently government has given permission to raise the height of the wall .

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


2 Bhakra Nangal Dam 

Bhakra Nangal Dam is located at Himachal Pradesh across Sutlej river .It is  2nd largest Dam in Asia with height of 225 meters. Its also known as Gobind Sagar Lake which is the 2nd largest reservoir in India.

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


1  Tehri Dam 

Tehri Dam is located in Uttarakhand across Bhagirathi River .It is largest dam in India and and 8th tallest dam in the world .It is playing an very important role in drinking water supply ,irrigation and power generation


  • 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


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  1. Ritika says:

    Dear Himanshu,

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