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The Grand Anicut, also known as the Kallanai, is an ancient dam built on the Kaveri River in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Kallanai Built By Karikalan, A Chola King.

It was built by the Chola king Karikalan around the 2nd Century BC[1] and is considered one of the oldest water-diversion or water-regulator structures in the world, still in use.[2][3] 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 southern India, was built at the confluence of the two rivers. Sweeping past the historic rock of Tiruchirapalli, it breaks into two channels at the island of Srirangam, which enclose between them the delta of Thanjavur (Tanjore), the garden of South India.

The northern channel is called the Kollidam (Kolidam); the other preserves the name of Kaveri, and empties into the Bay of Bengal at Poompuhar, a few hundred miles south of Chennai (Madras). On the seaward face of its delta are the seaports of Nagapattinam and Karaikal. Irrigation works have been constructed in the delta for over 2,000 years.

The Kallanai is a massive dam of unhewn stone, 329 metres (1,080 ft) long and 20 metres (60 ft) wide, across the main stream of the Kaveri. The purpose of the dam was to divert the waters of the Kaveri across the fertile Delta region for irrigation via canals. The dam is still in excellent repair, and supplied a model to later engineers, including the Sir Arthur Cotton’s 19th-century dam across the Kollidam, the major tributary of the Kaveri.

The area irrigated by the ancient irrigation network of which the dam was the centrepiece was 69,000 acres (280 square kilometres). By the early 20th century the irrigated area had been increased to about 1,000,000 acres (4,000 square kilometres).

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It was started as expected. 32nd Book fair in Chennai. Previous year’s formalities were properly replicated. The most disappointing thing is , former President Dr.Abdul Kalam , who supposed to deliver a speech, could not drop by owing to illness. Contemporary playwright, actor and writer Mr.Girish Karnard’s facilitation was heart-warming. Stalls were spacious.

Not much people were present, though the organizers announced free entry! Where were you Chennai? Come and refresh. Expecting more people in coming days. I have collected pamphlets to plan! Many events are taking place in this city at the moment. I am dying to attend ! Let’s see how it goes. Another reasonably good day of my life.

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Orissa – Cuttack

Posted: January 6, 2009 in Vathsan's Voyage..!

Cuttack was the capital of Orissa for almost nine centuries,  before Bhubaneshwar was made as capital in 1948. Cuttack is also known as Millenium City, still the Cultural Capital of Orissa. It lies near Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark. Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar are known as twin cities of Orissa.

It is 29 Km away from Bhubaneshwar. My travel to Cuttack by bus was one hell of a journey. Simply because, bus was too tiny and the adamant conductors are determined to accommodate up to the last citizen of Bhubaneshwar! I was so lucky, only three persons were standing on my shoulders! Pains were vanished soon as I have landed.

Unlike Bhubaneshwar, I have had a great typical Orissa-flavored food. Thanks to my Clients who are too friendly. Bike journey via Kathajodi River was more than a boon.The River, flows in the south whereas Mahanadhi in the North both meets the water needs and beautify the State.

As I said in previous post, did not explore much to write about. I will do that  sooner than later!

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Orissa – Bhubaneshwar

Posted: January 6, 2009 in Vathsan's Voyage..!

I have a confession to make. I went to Orissa on July 2008 and started wordpress blogging in December 2008. Situation has changed drastically in some part of Orissa as far as peaceful living is concerned. I hope, Orissa can overcome from its obstacles soon.

Bhubaneshwar is the latest capital city. Previous capital was Cuttack. Bhubaneshwar is built in a well-planned manner.  Roads are associated with trees instead of Political and film posters. Its the richest consolation to my eyes. I must say! Buses are mostly private. Its too tiny to accommodate passengers. Government must do something ! Food wasn’t spicy. I am not aware of the better restaurants! Suggestions are most welcome !

People starts with Oriya, then switch to Hindi, if they come to know that you are a stranger. I can’t speak both languages properly of course! I am eagerly learning.The city has  rich tradition and culture which goes back 2000 years.

Tourists can havethe best time of their life. I can tell you. Bhubaneshwar is known as Temple City. My visit was meant to be an official one. Unfortunately, not much time left to explore the city. Information furnished here were obtained from my Clients over there. I am anticipating to another visit soon to share with you more !

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Chennai – Gandhi Memorial

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Vathsan's Voyage..!

Its Chennai’s honour to Father of our Nation. This graceful memorial lies beside the Guindy National Park. Apart from the Gandhi Mandapam, the complex comprises memorials of Mr.Rajaji, Mr.Bhaktavatsalam, all former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu. There are memorials for freedom fighters and for those who died in the language stir of the 1960s.

The complex’s oldest memorial — Gandhi Mandapam — was opened by Mr.Rajaji on January 27, 1956. The memorial is beautified with flowers and trees. Just visit here to refresh yourself…!!!

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Hyderabad – Golkonda Fort

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Vathsan's Voyage..!

Golkonda Fort, popularly known in Telugu as “Golla Konda”, which means “Shepherd’s Hill”.It’s located 11 km west of Hyderabad with excellent transportation facilities.

One of the most important features of this fort is that the sounds of hands clapped at the entry gate can be heard quite clearly at the top of the hill.

Golkonda once renowned for the Diamonds. India, at that time, had the only known Diamond mines in the world. But, don’t search Diamonds now…! Just visit and enjoy !!!

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Hyderabad – Shilparamam

Posted: December 22, 2008 in Vathsan's Voyage..!
Shilparamam at Hyderabad is an arts and crafts village exhibiting various art forms and handicrafts of diverse artists from all over the State. Located at Madhapur, 25 Kms from Hyderabad. Unique traditional handcrafts are the real delight to the visitors. The vast expanse of 50 acres of land is exquisitely scenic and serene.
I can assure that you can enjoy this place without girlfriend !!
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