About Kalagarh Dam

Built in 1974, Kalagarh Dam, also known as Ramganga Dam, is a significant part of the Ramganga Multipurpose project. The project is aimed at offering irrigation and hydroelectricity to the nearby areas. Located within the boundaries of Jim Corbett National Park, the dam is a popular spot for tourists visiting the national Park. 

An embankment dam nestled on the shores of River Ramganga, Kalagarh Dam is also responsible for providing electricity to Jim Corbett National Park. Home to several migratory birds, the place is an ideal spot for ornithologists to observe various species of birds, especially during winters. 

A perfect picnic spot for family members and group of friends, a visit to Kalagarh Dam takes you miles away from the everyday chaos of life and transports you amidst the serene surroundings of the dam and its adjoining natural landscape.

How to Reach Kalagarh Dam

Located within the vicinity of Jim Corbett National Park, Kalagarh Dam is easily accessible from Kalagarh village as the distance between the two is only 5 kilometers. 

Best Time to Visit Kalagarh Dam

Located within the vicinity of Jim Corbett National Park, Kalagarh Dam is easily accessible from Kalagarh village as the distance between the two is only 5 kilometers. 

If you are travelling by air, Pant Nagar, situated at a distance of 123 kilometers from the dam, is the closest airport. 

The nearest railhead is Dhampur and is only 46 kilometers away from the dam. 

Ramnagar, also considered the gateway to Jim Corbett National Park, is well-connected to Delhi and other major cities in the north via regular buses.

What Not to Miss at Kalagarh Dam

Attractions Near Kalagarh Dam

1. Corbett Falls– A panoramic waterfalls located approximately 25 kilometers from Ramnagar, Corbett Falls is the perfect place to take in the nature and unwind yourself far away from the humdrum of daily life. Home to a gorgeous teak wood forest and a population of birds, the waterfalls can be reached through a short 2 kilometer trek from the main road. 

2. Corbett Museum– Located within the premises of the famous conservationist Jim Corbett’s former home, the Corbett Museum is one of the most fascinating places to visit within the national park. Dedicated to life and work of hunter-turned environmentalist Jim Corbett, the museum educates you about the various wildlife species inhabiting the dense forest of Corbett. During your exploration of the museum, you will get a chance to see the exclusive paintings, journals, and personal notes of Jim Corbett. 

3. Dhikala– One of the most popular Safari zones in Jim Corbett National Park, Dhikala is noted for its abundance of wildlife and picturesque valleys. Home to several safari trails, Dhikala offers visitors a chance to spot flora and fauna such as hog deer, wild elephants, leopards, crocodiles, red fox, sloth, and much more.

Other Essential Information About Kalagarh Dam


Corbett National Park, Pauri Garhwal District, Uttarakhand (3 kilometers upstream of Kalagarh)


15th November to 15th February – 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM)

16th February to 31st March – 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM)

1st April to 15th May – 5:45 AM to 7:00 PM (last entry at 5:30 PM)

16th May to 15th June – 5:30 AM to 5:15 PM (last entry at 5:45 PM)

Entry Fee: 

Indians – INR 100

Foreigners – INR 600

4x4 Vehicle entry for Indians – INR 250

4x4 Vehicle entry for Foreigners – INR 500

History of Kalagarh Dam

Also known as Ramganga Dam, Kalagarh Dam has been an integral part of the irrigation and hydroelectric project known as Ramganga Multipurpose Project. The plan of constructing the dam started in 1961, and the dam was successfully completed in 1974. The dam is responsible for providing water to 142,086 acres of farmland, controlling floods, and to generate power. Unfortunately, the 2010 Kalagarh Dam flood was one of the largest of its kind in the history of India.

Places to Eat near Kalagarh Dam

1. Hashim non-veg restaurant - As the name suggests, Hashim non-veg restaurant is a dine-in restaurant with some of the best Indian non-vegetarian delicacies on the menu. They specialize in various types of chicken and mutton snacks and starters. However, they are also known for their chicken and mutton biryani as well as several other main course items. 

2. Manoj Fast Food - A great place to grab a quick bite, Manoj Fast Food offers a wide variety of snacks and finger foods such as sandwiches, chats, and kulcha. They also offer yummy rotis and kebabs.

3. Al Noor Family Restaurant - A perfect spot to dine with your family, Al Noor offers a range of Hyderabadi biryani preparations and other special non-vegetarian dishes such as Tandoori Chicken, Mutton Korma, and Butter Chicken. Guests can order some Tandoori or Rumali roti on the side and enjoy a chilled soft drink to digest the food.

4. Guru Kripa Shudh Shakahari Bhojnalaya - A brilliant treat for vegetarians, Guru Kripa Shudh Shakahari Bhojnalaya serves only pure, vegetarian meals. Guests can enjoy all kinds of meals from snacks to main courses as well as desserts and soft drinks.

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