Constructed in the 2nd century by the Chola dynasty, under the aegis of King Karikalan, the Kallanai Dam on the Kaveri River is counted amongst one of the world’s oldest water regulating systems. What is more fascinating is that it is still functioning and as good as ever if not better. Also known as the Grand Anicut, the Kallanai Dam is located just twenty kilometers from Tiruchirappalli. A masterpiece of Dravidian architecture and design, the dam has been a model that has been copied by many modern day architects in dam construction. The dam helps in irrigating over a million hectares of agricultural land, although at the time of its construction it covered over twenty eight thousand hectares only under irrigation.
A visit to the dam is a must as the history of the dam is intricately linked to the history of the city. Watching the sun set over the Kaveri River while standing on a two thousand year old construction – time seems to stand still, merging the past with the present. The result is an experience that will last for a lifetime.
|Visit Duration||15 to 30 minutes|
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|