The mighty Cauvery
Watching the river Cauvery(or Kaveri, however you want to spell it) puts one in a spell. It, being one of the major rivers of Tamil Nadu, provides water for irrigation for almost the entire area of Tamil Nadu known as the rice-bowl of India.
Last year when i had been to India in the summer months, the river was dry and just 2 days before i travelled to Trichy, the gates at the Mettur dam had been opened. It would have been a wonderful sight watching the first waves of the water enter Trichy. I was in trichy early this month and Kaveri was at her best with lots of water with a good flow. Below are some of the photos of this grand river of Tamil Nadu taken last year.
I took the photo of Malai-Kottai from the main bridge over the Kaveri (Chennai route) very early in the morning.
We also visited Mukkombu which is a main tourist attraction near Trichy. Mukkombu is actually a place where a dam has been constructed on the Kaveri. This dam is actually split into many sections because of the presence of an island in the middle of the river.
There were many people fishing from the dam using nets. There were hundreds of small fishes just next to the dam eagerly jumping to be caught!
Kaveri starts from Talakaveri in Kartanaka and finally flows into the Bay of Bengal at Poompuhar or Kaveripattinam or Kaveripoopattinam. This place was originally called Kaveri-pugum-pattinam i.e. the place where Kaveri enters. This town is also my native place and every time i go for a vacation, we try to make a trip to our “Kula Deivam” temple in this town.