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Neriamangalam Escape Bridge To The High Ranges

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Neriamangalam Bridge

Neriamangalam Bridge lies on the banks of the river Periyar. It is popularly known as the getaway to the high ranges. The bridge came into existence in 1935, and the connecting beauty turned 86 this year, showing the rich evidence of outstanding built and laid architecture. It represents Asia's first Arch Bridge, which is then and now the most taken path touching the high ranges of Idukki. The bridge is like a gateway connecting the land of Kochi and the uphills of Munnar and Idukki. The travelling minds can easily access the top hotels and the best luxury resorts in Munnar with the passage. It also links many other destinations that sky up the desires.

The Historical Side

The construction began in 1924 during the reign of the fighting leader of Travancore, 'Sethu Lakshmi Bayi'. The bridge was then unfolded to the public by 'Sri Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma' on 2nd March 1935. Earlier, before the construction, the used trail from Kochi to Munnar was through 'Pooyamkutty' and 'Mankulam'. Initially, the route witnessed the perfect flow of spices and goods. It was all good until the beginning of heavy rainfall and flood that shook the region in 1924. The road was submerged and collapsed, creating a barrier to the trade. It saw the complete collapse of the trade links from Munnar to Kochi. 'Sethu Laksmi Bayi' made her order to establish a route connecting Aluva and Munnar. It also alarmed the call for the famous bridge of Neriamangalam on the banks of the Periyar River. It took almost 10 years to complete the entire process. Everyone, including the native villagers, had their specific role in the epic built.

Significance To The Modern Time

Neriamangalam village is praised as the 'Cherrapunjee of Kerala' as it receives the highest rainfall. Due to this fact, agriculture is still the rising occupation here. As agriculture and cultivation have been on a trend, the flow of spices and cultivations are also hiking. Moreover, the bridge is now connecting Dhanushkody in Tamil Nadu as a part of the National Highway 49. Even after the flood in 2018, it has showed the standing will to the modern build ups and bridges.

Queens Rock, Ranikallu

Just after passing the bridge, on the way to the Frozen Munnar is the 'Queens Rock' or 'Ranikallu'. It marks the first hairpin that extends the trail to Munnar, and the pillar has depictions that portray the construction details of the road. The carved writing points that the road is linked to the high ranges, and is opened to the public by the Regent of Travancore, 'Sethu Lakshmi Bayi'.

"Take a glance at the historic bridge that ties up Kochi and Munnar"

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