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Mukkombu or Upper Anaicut

The Upper Anaicut also known as Mukkombu is a dam built on the Kaveri River in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu is about 18 kilometers (11 mi) west of Trichy at a point where River Kollidam branches out from the main river, Cauvery. It is a lovely picnic spot skirting acres of verdant greenery. The place also has a well-manicured park. Mukkombu is about 685-meter long (2283 foot), and was built in the 19th century by Sir Arthur Cotton who drew inspiration from the 2nd century Kallanai dam (Grand Anicut) by the Cholas. The Kaveri river forms the boundary between the Erode and Salem districts. The Bhavani River joins the Kaveri at the town of Bhavani, where the Sangameswarar Temple, an important pilgrimage spot in Tamil Nadu, was built at the confluence of the two river. It breaks into two channels at the Upper Anaicut to form the island of Srirangam, which is enclosed in between the delta of Thanjavur (Tanjore), the garden of Tamil Nadu.

Kallanai Dam

The dam was originally built by Karikala Chola around first century AD. The idea behind constructing the dam was to divert the river to the delta districts thereby boosting irrigation. The dam was re-modeled by the British during the 19th century. In 1804, captain Caldwell, a military engineer was appointed by the British to make a study on the Kaveri river and promote irrigation for the delta region. He found that a large amount of water passed onto the Kollidam leaving behind a small volume for irrigation purposes. Caldwell initially proposed a solution by raising the dam and hence raised the dam stones to a height of 0.69 m, thus increasing the capacity of the dam. Following this, Major Sim proposed the idea of undersluices across the river with outlets leading to the Kollidam River (Coleroon) thus preventing formation of silt. The Lower Anaicut built by Sir Arthur Cotton in 19th century AD across Coleroon, the major tributary of Cauvery, is said to be a replicated structure of Kallanai.

Puliancholai

On the foot hills of kollimalai, a place of scenic beauty is the puliancholai, 72 kms away from Tiruchirappalli via Thuraiyur filled with full of greenish trees and tamarind groves. This forest region is cool and green with added attraction of the stream. The stream is the natural bathing area for the tourists throughout the year. There is a water falls in the higher hills which is called Akaya Gangai, Besides, the water here has medicinal value. The 18 th day of the Tamil month Adi is the time for worshipping the river here and more people visit Puliyancholai that day. Accommodation of two resorts and one Dormitory Building are available here. Puliyancholai to Agasa Gangai Falls(Hill top)is five hours hard Trek.One can have fantastic views of Million years old curved rocks, Dolmens, Pithukkuli Cave, different shaped big stones, forest produces on the way and at the Top plain - Honey, Guava, Orange, Mustard, Fenugreek, Garlic, Paddy, Maze, Millets, Jack fruits (more than 12 varieties) etc.,

Viralimalai WildLife Sanctuary

Viralimalai Wildlife Park is one of the popular tourist destinations. This wildlife resort is located in the midst of the small village 30 kms away from Thiruchirappalli and 40 kms from Pudukkottai. The place is famous for its Murugan Temple and the Peacock Sanctuary. This is the best place to spot peacocks in their natural habitat, roaming freely. There are varieties of peacocks in different colors and species. The local survey says that this sanctuary is the home ground for six species of peacocks from different part of India and south East Asia. The most attractive among them is the Palawan Peacock Pheasant or 'Tandikan' as they impress with their spectacular colors. The number has now risen to 500 and all the birds are scattered over the district of Pudukkottai. This peacock sanctuary is a must visit place for tourists visiting Chennai. The nearest airport is Thiruchirappalli, which is 30 kms away from the Viralimalai Wildlife Parks. The Thiruchirappalli is the nearest rail junction. This railway junction connects Chennai, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Kollam, and Rameswaram. Regular buses ply from Thiruchirappalli, Pudukkottai.

Government Museum

The Government Museum of Trichy is located near the Rani Mangammal Mahal. It lies in the heart of Bharathidasansan town near the super bazaar of Trichy. The major attraction of this museum are the sculptures of Mahavira, Gautam Buddha, Lord Vishnu and many more. Other significant items at the museum include ancient fossils, prehistoric Megalithic tools, Palaeolithic and Neolithic Tools. It also houses certain earthen and metal moulds with inscriptions on them along with a few palm leaf manuscripts. The museum also displays a collection of rare insects, birds and mammals. Another attraction at this museum includes an artistic and rare collection of sculptures displaying Lord Thirumal as crawling Krishna, Goddess Durga, Saint Manickavasagar, Chandra Sekhare and Lord Nataraj. Some rare Tamil arts along with Bronze and stone statues are also on display at this Government Museum of Trichy. It also consists of a separate section of tribal materials along with a model of Pachamalai hills. An excellent collection of the rare and ancient coins of India are also displayed here.
Timing: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Admission Fees: INR 3 (students), INR 5 (Adults), INR 100 (Foreigners)