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Old 9th May 2009, 03:15   #1
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Default Went for an evening drive and found a piece of history

Another boring Sunday evening. I was flipping channels, staring aimlessly at the idiot box, when my friend came with his car and said "let's go" (no, it is not an Alto). We started driving towards the main road, which was five minutes away. By the time we reached it, we decided where we wanted to go.

We decided to go for a drive along the (comparatively) empty road, up to Thenmala dam and come back, a total of about 100 km drive. We planned to take the Kilimanoor-Nilamel-Kadakkal-Kulathupuzha-Thenmala road and started off from my town, Attingal at about 3 o'clock. Due to the road work going on at MC road, missed our turn at Nilamel and proceeded straight to Kottarakkara. We realized our mistake when we reached Kottarakkara. We looked at each other's face and said, "Come hell or highwater, we will go to Thenmala today." So, took the Punalur-Thenmala road from Kottarakkara. Now, we knew that there is this historic hanging bridge in Punalur, but never had a chance to see it, though it was just about 50 km from our place. We reached Punalur, and behold, there it was, right beside the new bridge, bang in the middle of the town.
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This is what Wikipedia has to say about this bridge:
"The suspension bridge across the Kallada river erected in 1877, is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long. Built in 1877 by Albert Henry across the river, this huge bridge was suspended by three spans and was used for vehicular movement. Construction took more than six years. It is said that after completion of the bridge people hesitated to walk through the bridge. In order to prove the strength of the bridge the engineer and his family passed under the bridge in a country boat while six elephants were walking through the bridge. Now the bridge is only of archeological interest."

After taking a few pics, we proceeded towards Thenmala.

Our ride:
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Baby dam of irrigation project:
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By the time we reached Thenmala dam, both the dam and ecotourism center had closed for tourists, and it started to rain heavily. Braving that, we went down till Shengotta and turned back.

The famous bridge of Kollam-Shengotta narrow gauge railway (the pic was taken from inside the car, due to rain):
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Of note, the Punalur-Thenmala-Shengottah road is under repairs now, though most of the work has been finished. Traffic is allowed, though we have to be careful. The road work should be complete before the monsoon starts.

A total of about 200 km. Got back home by 9 pm.
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Old 9th May 2009, 03:43   #2
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Wow, its amazing to see all the lush greenery all around the gods own country. Superb pics! By the way is the bridge motorable or you can only walk through it now?
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Lovely.

There is just so much beauty and history hidden in every nook and corner of our great country. It never seizes to amaze and astonish me.
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I agree with bblost. One always finds something new and interesting maybe something even unknown when venturing out with no destination in mind, but the experience of travel itself being the motivating factor.
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By the way is the bridge motorable or you can only walk through it now?
The bridge is neither motorable nor walkable. It is just a piece of history now. Probably the pics below will give you a better idea of the current condition of the bridge. Closed and gated at both ends.
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There is just so much beauty and history hidden in every nook and corner of our great country. It never seizes to amaze and astonish me.
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I agree with bblost. One always finds something new and interesting maybe something even unknown when venturing out with no destination in mind, but the experience of travel itself being the motivating factor.
Stole the words right out of my mouth, both of you. Can't agree more.

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Great post, lovely pics. Thanks for adding to our knowledge!
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Nice pics. Good greenery around. Is the bridge around 150 years old?
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Nice pics. Good greenery around. Is the bridge around 150 years old?
How did you miss the '1877' inscription in the bridge picture?

For the crores that our governments waste, they could repair it and make a 'pedestrian walk'!
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Is the bridge around 150 years old?
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How did you miss the '1877' inscription in the bridge picture?
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This is what Wikipedia has to say about this bridge:
"The suspension bridge across the Kallada river erected in 1877, is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long."
Which makes it 132 years old.
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Wonderful engineering (those days) - the least that the government can do is atleast maintain !
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@darklord - Maashey, your post brought back some old memories. From the first time me & my friends went riding in the Trivandrum - Thenmala route, I've been hooked on to that route. Since then, I've gone numerous times in this route, both with friends & solo. The greenery & the old railway bridge in this route is reason enough for weekend trips from Trivandrum. Thanks for reviving some fond memories. Pl. post some more pictures if you have.

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I have seen this bridge while going from Sabarimala to Trivandrum
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How did you miss the '1877' inscription in the bridge picture?

For the crores that our governments waste, they could repair it and make a 'pedestrian walk'!
Very true trrk. The brige should've been maintained atleast as pedestrian walk way.

I've been at Punalur for close to five years, 1990-95. Infact, last week, I did visit Punalur again after so many years, for a friends marriage. Was all nostalgic when I saw the hanging bridge.
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darklord, amazing shots. The nature doesn't cease to grip you despite repeated viewing.
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when my friend came with his car and said "let's go" (no, it is not an Alto).


Suhruthe, You brought back quite a lot of memories. I miss my friends, RX100 and Kerala like hell
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