Kallanai-The grand anicut on the CauveryAugust 2, 2006
The Grand Anicut near Trichy, built by the Chola king Karikalan, dates to the 2nd century A.D..It is still in use as an irrigation structure, making it the worlds oldest continuously used irrigation structure. The Cauvery river branches here into the Kollidam and this is perhaps the beginning of the Cauvery delta. A visit to this place puts in perspective the great engineering feats by the ancients still standing testimony to a glorious tradition. That a structure can last a full 1000 years and be still performing is amazing. When the gates are opened the fishermen gather in a collective and spread their nets for a harvest. Curious onlookers watch the proceedings.