Pilavakkal Dam, Virudhunagar
Watrap or Vathirayiruppu is a peaceful village found alongside the Arjuna River. The traditional name of Watrap was “Vatratha Iruppu” meaning “surplus water”. Rightly called so, it has plenty of rain during the monsoons.
The Pilavakkal Dam in Watrap village forms a favorite picnic spot in Virudhunagar. It is used for agriculture and irrigation purposes. The dam is located at the foothills of Western Ghats and is surrounded by green paddy fields on one side.
The dam is situated at around 55 km from Virudhunagar and 90 km from Madurai. The dam includes two divisions – The Kovilar Dam and The Periyar Dam. The limit of Periyar Dam is 192 mcft while that of Kovilar Dam is 133 mcft.
Srivilliputhur is the nearest railway station. There is good rail connectivity from Madurai and Chennai to Srivilliputhur. There are frequent buses from Srivilliputhur to Watrap. The calmness and beauty of the location provide a picturesque treat to the eyes.