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Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam| 13 arch bridge| Meter Gauge| Punalur| Scenic rail journey

  
Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam (13 Arch Bridge) situated at kazhathuruthi in Kollam district is not only a treat to eyes but also it has got lot of ancestral values too. This bridge is one of India's oldest mountain rails enroute to Thenmala-Chenkotta.

The main attraction of this bridge is, it has 13 arch, and it is Meter Gauge too. This was built by the British and it still remains as a monument of the British technology. Because before 100 years they built this 13 arch bridge without the help of cement, and the technology was known as Surki construction.

The bridge is of nearly 102.72 meters long and 5.18 meters height. It has got 100 years of age and still remaining without any cracks. One side of this rail bridge is Kollam-Shenkottai National Highway and the other side is enchanted with the River Kazhuthurutti.

This rail route was once one of the major route that connects Kollam (Quilon) with Chennai  for the trading of crops and spices. The rail journey through this rail line is also one of the best, because the route covers journey through dense forest, long tunnels, many steeps and downs.

But the meter gauge is now turned to broad gauge system in 2011. Whatever that may be this bridge is an architectural marvel, constructed more than a century ago with just rocks,limestone and jaggery, and still keeping its pace with the cracked new technology bridges

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