Thursday, January 14, 2016

Trichy Trip: 8. Kallanai

Date: 1st Jan 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalakshmi

Fee: None

After visiting and experienceing the pot making we planned to go back to the room and take rest for a while. While driving back we saw Kallanai was only 12 Kms and decided to visit that too. Originally planned to visit on 2nd Jan. The drive was for the most part along the river Cauvery. The road condition was average with some pot holes. The car parking was almost not usable because of broken bottles and the stench. We parked the car bit away and walked on the dam. There was a good amount of water in dam due to the heavy rains this year.

The dam was built by the chola king karikalan in 2nd century AD. This dam is one of the oldest water regulator still in use. The dam was repaired and modified during the British rule. The water from the dam is used for irrigation in the delta region. The river is split into four parts here. The kollidam side is used to divert the water towards the sea in case of emergencies. Dam measures 329 meter long and 20m wide.

Some pics from the visit.

The road to the dam.

View of the dam.

One of the canal opened for irrigation.

A cormorant bird fishing in the outlet of the dam.

Closer view of the dam.

Statue of King Raja Raja Cholan.

Random pic of birds flying above the dam.

Water gushing through few open gateways.

An engineering marvel which we can be proud of.

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