The Madam Silli Dam, also spelled Murrum Silli, is an embankment dam on the Sillari River, a tributary of the Mahanadi River.

Location of Madam Silli Dam

It is in the Dhamtari District of Chhattisgarh.

Distance of Madamsilli from Raipur

Madamsilli is about 95 km from Raipur.


Built between 1914 and 1923, it is the first dam in Asia to have Siphon Spillways.

It was built under the supervision of Madam Silli, the British Raj governor so it is named as MadamSilli dam.

On June 3, 1929, R.S. Rajendranath Sur, a civil engineer from the Central Province, was awarded the title of “Rai Saheb” by George V for his exceptional work on the Murrum Silli Dam.

Madam Silli Dam

It is one of the most prominent architectural marvels in Chhattisgarh.

The giant construction of the Madamsilli dam is an engineering marvel of the state of Chhattisgarh

Awesome place to be during the monsoon-winter transition.
The place is good.
The flow of water keeps up the spirit.
Also if u have some interest in fishes, it’s easy to find the dwarf pufferfish.
The season brings the exclusive sitafal(custard apple) with it.
One can just pluck them from the trees as they grow in numbers.

Construction began


Opening date of Madam Silli 


Type of Dam 


Height of Madam Silli Dam



2591 m

Dam Volume

1,619,000 m3 

Spillway capacity 

1,132 m3/s (39,976 cu ft/s)

Total capacity

165,340,000 m3 (216,256,555 cu yd)

Active capacity

161,913,000 m3 (211,774,209 cu yd)

Surface area

25 km2

How to Reach 


By Air

The nearest airport to Dhamtari is Raipur Airport, approximately 75 KM away. Pre-paid taxi services are available from the airport to Dhamtari.


By Road

The distance between Dhamtari and the Dam is 27 KM, and the dam is easily accessible by road via the Kukrel (Nagri) route.




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