At a distance of 61 km from Kochi, Bhuthathankettu, situated near Kothamangalam (10 Kms) is a wonderful picnic spot and one of the largest irrigation projects in Kerala built on Periyar River. This place is famous for its tremendous natural beauty.
The dam here is one of the oldest existing European structures in Kerala. Nature walks and forest treks are popular and exciting activities at this place. Near by Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (15 Kms) situated on the banks of Periyar River is the best place for bird watching with a population of over 500 species of exotic birds. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist.
Boating facilities are available in the artificial lake formed by the barrage here. There is a nice restaurant and children park near the barrage.