The next morning we thought of going to Mathoor Thotti Palam (Hanging Bridge). The Mathoor (also spelled as Mathur) Hanging Trough is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, having a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometer. It was constructed in 1966. This is situated in Mathoor, hamlet of Aruvikkarai revenue village in Thiruvattar Panchayat Union. The bridge has been constructed at Mathoor across the river Pahrali (also called as Parazhiyar) at a cost of Rs. 12.90 lakhs and the trough canal (Pattanamkal canal) on the bridge carries water for irrigation from one side of a hill to the other side of a hill. The trough has a height of seven feet with a width of seven feet six inches. The canal is being shouldered by 28 huge pillars. By the unrelenting efforts of late Thiru. K. Kamaraj, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this canal was constructed as a drought relief measure and for the development of agriculture in Vilavancode and Kalkulam Taluks. The District Administration has recently put up a staircase from top to the bottom of the bridge and also built a children’s park and bathing platforms over here. The journey was a long one as first we took a bus from Kanyakumari to Nagercoil. From Nagercoil we took a bus to Thuckalay and from Thuckalay another bus to Mathoor. From the Mathoor bus stop the bridge was a bit far and we covered that distance walking. Near the bridge we saw the flow of water which is sent from one side to the other.
There was a staircase which we took to go down.
View of the bridge from the staircase:
Then, we reached the bottom and found a beautiful view of the river Pahrali.
From there we had a nice view of the bridge.
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Near the bridge there was a children’s park:
Inside the park there were many sculptures:
Sculpture of peacock and elephant:
Near the park there was a view tower: