Mathur Aqueduct in Kanyakumari

The Mathur Aqueduct is Asia's longest and tallest trough bridges.

The Mathur Aqueduct is Asia's longest and tallest trough bridges. | Photo credit: Infocaster/wikimedia

Mathur Aqueduct Overview

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Measuring a kilometre in length and 115 feet in height, Mathur Aqueduct or Mathoor Hanging Trough is among the longest and tallest trough bridges in Asia. This imposing structure was constructed in 1966 over the Parazhiyar River (also called Pahrali) in Mathoor - a small hamlet in Aruvikkarai.

It was due to the efforts of the former Chief Minister Thiru K. Kamaraj that this bridge was constructed for agricultural development and as a drought relief measure. This concrete structure is supported by 28 huge pillars and carries water for irrigation from Pattanamkal Canal (from one side of the hill to another).

Mathur Aqueduct is divided into two parts, a trough canal and a road. Partly covered with concrete slabs on top, the trough structure is 7.5 feet in width and 7 feet in height. Owing to its popularity among tourist and locals alike, a flight of stairs was built here to make it convenient for visitors to reach the bridge. A children's park and several bathing platforms have also been developed in this region.

  • Photo Opp

    Standing on this bridge, visitors get picturesque views of the Western Ghats, boasting vast expanse of greenery. Every single view that you get from this place is worth capturing.

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Aruvikkarai, 629161, Tamil Nadu