The beauty of Nature is a factor we all love to explore. No matter where you are in the world, the peculiarities of Nature are something that we will be delighted to know about and experience. Sometimes, man-made structures that are set on the picture-perfect backdrop of lush greenery will also offer a splendid visual treat. The Mathoor Hanging Bridge is one such amazing sight that you will be happy to see.
Basically built as an aqueduct to transport water for irrigation purposes, Mathoor Hanging Bridge is the tallest and longest trough bridge in Asia. It is 115 ft in height and 1 km long. Constructed across the river Parazhiyar in Mathoor which is a river that originates in Mahendragiri in the Western Ghats, the trough canal on the bridge takes water from one hillside to the other. The trough is 7 ft tall and 7 ft 6 inches wide. 28 huge pillars have been used to shoulder the canal. The canal was initially constructed as a drought relief measure for the sake of agriculture in Vilavancode and Kalkulam Taluks.
The trough is partially covered with concrete slabs to enable the movement of people. The Kanniyakumari district administration has constructed a staircase from the top to the bottom of the bridge. There is also a children’s park for the entertainment of kids and bathing platforms in the region. Over the years, the Mathoor Hanging Bridge has evolved from a functional construction to a tourist attraction, visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world.