List of Largest Dams in India

Dams and reservoirs are the prominent water sources for irrigation for Indian farmers. There are hundreds of multipurpose dams built for irrigation, water supply, and electricity production. The 15 largest dams are listed below and ranked by size, total volume of water, and area acquired.

15. Bhavanisagar Dam

Height:105 ft
Length: 1,700 m
Inflow: Bhavani River
Location: Tamil Nadu
Capacity (TMC): 32.8

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14. TungaBhadra Dam

Height: 49.38 m
Length: 2,441 m
Inflow: Tungabhadra
Location: Karnataka
Capacity (TMC): 101

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13. Rihand Dam

Height: 299 ft
Length: 3,064 ft
Inflow: Rihand
Location: Uttar Pradesh
Capacity (Cubic meters): 10.6 billion

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12. Maithon Dam

Height: 165 ft
Length: 15,712 ft
Inflow: Barakar
Location: Jharkhand
Capacity (Acre Ft):

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11. Koyna Dam

Height: 339 ft
Length: 2,648 ft
Inflow: Koyna
Location: Maharashtra
Capacity (Acre Ft):

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10. Bisalpur Dam

Height: 130 ft
Length: 1,883 ft
Inflow: Banas
Location: Rajasthan
Capacity (Acre Ft): 891,785

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9. Mettur

Height: 120 ft
Length: 1,700 m
Inflow: Kaveri
Location: Tamil Nadu
Capacity (Cubic km): 2.64

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8. Krishnarajasagar Dam

Height: 125 meters
Length: 3.5 km
Inflow: Kaveri
Location: Karnataka
Capacity (Cubic Km): 1.4

7. Indira Sagar Dam

Height: 92 meters
Length: 653 meters
Inflow: Narmada
Location: Madhya Pradesh
Capacity (Acre Ft): 9,890,701

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6. Cheruthoni Dam

Height: 450 ft
Length: 2,300 ft
Inflow: Cheruthoni
Location: Kerala
Capacity (Acre Ft): 1,618,184


5. Sardar Sarovar Dam

Height: 163 meters
Length: 1,210 meters
Inflow: Narmada
Location: Gujarat
Capacity (Acre Ft): 7,701,775

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4. NagarjunaSagar Dam

Height: 124 meters
Length: 1,450 meters
Inflow: Krishna
Location: Andhra Pradesh
Capacity (Acre Ft): 9,371,845

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3. Hirakud Dam

Height: 60.96 meters
Length: 25.8 meters
Inflow: Mahanadi
Location: Orissa
Capacity (Acre Ft): 4,779,965

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2. Bhakra Nangal Dam

Height: 226 meters
Length: 520 meters
Inflow: Sutlej
Location: Punjab & Himachal Pradesh
Capacity (Acre Ft): 7,501,775

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1. Tehri Dam

Height: 260 meters
Length: 575 meters
Inflow: Bhagirathi
Location: Uttarkhand
Capacity (Acre Ft): 2,100,000

Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand, Photo by Charanjeet Dhiman on Unsplash
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