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Mathur Aqueduct or Mathur Hanging Trough, is an Aqueduct (bridge) in Southern India, in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu state. Built over the Pahrali River (also called Parazhiyar), it takes its name from Mathur, a hamlet near the Aqueduct, which is at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Thiruvattar town and about 60 km from Kanyakumari, the southernmost town of India. It is one of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia and is also a popular tourist spot in Kanyakumari district.Mathur Aqueduct was constructed in 1966 by the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Kamaraj, as a drought relief measure across the river Parazhiyar.
Its purpose is to carry water for irrigation from an elevated level of
one hill to another.The irrigation water feeds the taluks of Vilavancode and Kalkulam. The Aqueduct is built across the Pahrali river, a small river that originates in the Mahendragiri Hills of the Western Ghats. Mathur Aqueduct itself carries water of the Pattanamkal canal for irrigation over the Pahrali
river, from one hill to another, for a distance of close to one
kilometer. This Aqueduct is necessitated due to the undulating land
terrain of the area, which is also adjacent to the hills of the Western Ghats. Mathur Aqueduct is a concrete structure held up by 28 huge pillars,
the maximum height of the pillars reaching 115 ft. The trough structure
is 7 ft in height, with a width of 7.5 ft. The trough is partly covered
on top with concrete slabs, allowing people to walk on the bridge and
also see the water going through the trough. Some of the pillars are set
in rocks of the Pahrali river, though some of the pillars are set in
hills on either side.
Road access allows one to drive in to one side of the Aqueduct (up to
one end), while it is also possible to drive into the foot of the
Aqueduct (the level where the Pahrali flows) on the opposite side. There
is also a huge flight of stairs (made in recent times) that allows one
to climb from the level of the Pahrali river to the trough.From the centre of the Aqueduct, one can see a vast expanse of greenery, with rolling hills of the Western Ghats in the background, and the meandering Pahrali river flowing below. How to reach : Its located at the distance of 60kms (approx) from Kanyakumari.