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Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge - Things to Know Before Visiting

Kollam - Thirumangalam Road, Kerala 691308, India

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About Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

The 13 Kannara bridge or 13 Arch Bridge (Pathimoonu Kannara Bridge) is a 108-year-old bridge from the British era consisting of 13 arches. It is a major landmark on the Kollam-Sengottai railway line. The bridge connects two hillocks and stands on thirteen granite pillars each almost a hundred feet tall. The bridge is sandwiched by the Kollam-Thirumangalam National Highway on one side and the River Kazhuthurutti on the other. It is 102.72 meters (337.0 ft) long and 5.18 meters (17.0 ft) tall.


The 13 Kannara Bridge or 13 Arch Bridge (Pathimoonu Kannara Bridge) is a 108-year-old bridge from the British era consisting of 13 arches. It is a major landmark on the Kollam-Sengottai railway line.

The bridge connects two hillocks and stands on thirteen granite pillars each almost a hundred feet tall. The bridge is sandwiched by the Kollam-Thirumangalam National Highway on one side and the River Kazhuthurutti on the other. It is 102.72 meters (337.0 ft) long and 5.18 meters (17.0 ft) tall.

The Bridge was built by the British in 1904 to transport goods from Kollam (Quilon) to Madras and is part of one of India’s oldest mountain rail lines. The bridge was constructed with just rocks, limestone and jaggery (in the Surki method). This rail route was once one of the major routes that connect Kollam (Quilon) with Chennai for the trading of crops and spices. The rail journey through this rail line is still one of the most scenic because of its route through dense forest, long tunnels, with many steeps, and downs. The meter gauge that was originally in place is now replaced by a broad gauge railway in order to accommodate newer, standard locomotives.

Attractions Near Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

Thenmala Dam
Thenmala Dam2.74km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

Thenmala Dam, located in Kollam district of Kerala is the second largest irrigation project in the state of Kerala. The water from the dam is used for irrigation and for power generation. It has the longest reservoir of the state.

Palaruvi Waterfalls
Palaruvi Waterfalls7.2km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

A 90 meters tall waterfall, surrounded by large boulders and plunging from a hill side creating pools below.

Kudukkathupara
Kudukkathupara14.9km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

Kudukkathupara is situated at a height of 850 meters above sea level. It consists of three large rocks out of which you can climb the first two rocks. The tops of the last rock, which is also the tallest is inaccessible. About four districts of Kerala and some parts of the neighbouring Tamil Nadu state can be viewed from the top of the second rock.

Courtallam Main Falls
Courtallam Main Falls19.99km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

The falls is located on the western ghats on the river Chittar and is considered as a medical spa on account of the medical smell in the waters.

Kottukal Cave Temple
Kottukal Cave Temple22.17km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

The 8th century cave temple carved out of a large boulder.

Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi Hill Station23.46km from Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge

The golden peaks of Ponmudi with its year-round cool climate and amazing scenery.

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