Kollam -> Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge
Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam (13 Arch
Bridge) at Kazhuthurutti, is a very beautiful sight in the Kollam district
of Kerala. We passed this bridge on our way to Chennai from Alapuzha. It
was a very god experience. The bridge which was constructed during the
British regim using Surki construction. In this period there were no
cement in use for constructions.
The bridge has 13 arches. Built on 13 arches, this bridge is a
commemoration of colonial era. The bridge, sandwiched by the
Kollam-Shenkottai National Highway at one side and the River Kazhuthurutti
on the other, offers a visual fete at a length of 102.72 metres and 5.18
metres height. Even after 100 years of its construction, the bridge shows
no signs of deterioration.
This bridge holds one of India's oldest mountain rails enroute to
Thenmala-Chenkotta. This was once used as the major trade route between
Quilon (Kollam) and Chennai. The train journey through this route was a
very pleasant experience as the train pass through dense forests, long
tunnels, steeps and slopes.
This Kollam-Shenkottai meter gauge railway remains as a monument of
British Engineering Technology. The route was built mainly for the
transporation of crops like Pepper and other spices to Madras from Kollam.
Now the meter gauge train service has come to an end in this line for
making broad-gauge lines which means the whole line has to be
reconstructed. Steps has to be taken to protect this historical monument.