Periyar River - Informative & researched article on Periyar River
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesGeography of India


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Geography of India > Resources in India > Water Resources in India > Indian Rivers > Deccan Rivers > Periyar River
Periyar River
The Periyar River plays an important role in generating hydroelectricity in the state.
 
 With a length of two hundred and twenty four kilometers, the Periyar River is the second longest river in Kerala after Bharathapuzha. It is one of the few perennial rivers in Kerela and is beneficial for the purpose of irrigation, drainage and navigation.

Periyar RiverThe Periyar rises in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu and then flows in the north direction to the Periyar National Park into the Periyar Lake, which is a man made reservoir created in 1895. From the lake, the river flows in the northwest direction and enters the Neeleswaram village. In its course it also meets the Veembanad Lake and ultimately ends up in the Arabian Sea. The Chalakkudy River meets the Periyar at Elanthikara, which is in the east of Kodungalloor at a distance of ten kilometers. The major tributaries of Periyar are the Muthirapuzha River, Mullayar River, Cheruthoni River, Perinjankutti River and the Edamala River.

The Periyar River is a major source of drinking water for five drought prone districts of Tamil Nadu, which includes Theni, Madurai and Ramanathapuram. It is the most important river in Ernakulam district and flows through all the taluks of the district. Infact, the river plays a significant role in the all round development of the district. The Periyar River plays a major role in generating hydro electricity. The largest hydro electricity project is the Idukki Hydro-electric Project, which generates a significant portion of the electricity for the state. Other dams constructed across the river are Neriyamangalam, Pallivasal, Panniyar, Kundalam, Chenkulam, and Mullaperiyar.

There are a number of important places located on the banks of this river. The birthplace of Sankaracharya, the greatest Advaita philosopher is at Kalady, which is situated on the bank of the Periyar. Other major places of attraction on the bank of the Periyar are Malayattoor and Aluva, which are pilgrimage destinations for Christians and Hindus respectively. The Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of this river. Beside the Mullaperiyar Dam there is a well-known wildlife sanctuary and tourist place, Thekkady.

(Last Updated on : 14/09/2010)
More Articles in Deccan Rivers  (48)
Recently Updated Articles in Geography of India
Fishery in India
Fishery in India is a major industry in the country presently, thanks to the efforts of National Fisheries Development Board which has led to a considerable increment in fish production. India has rich marine fisheries to develop and exploit, with a massive ocean floor and dynamic sea currents.
Resources in India
Resources in India refer to the natural reserves that are used for the benefit of mankind and they can be categorised into Biotic and Abiotic Resources.
Lucknow Zoo
Lucknow Zoo, Uttar Pradesh was set up during 1921 inspired by the idea of Sir Harcourt Butler and its name was transformed to Lucknow Prani Udyan in 2001. About 298 birds, 463 mammals and 72 reptiles are existent inside its premises.
Amirthi Zoological Park
Amirthi Zoological Park, in Tamil Nadu, shelters a vast variety of vibrant fauna. The visitors can also cherish some other activities in the zoo like trekking and meditating.
Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden
Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, situated in Gujarat, is the home to Asiatic lions in addition to a vast variety of other fauna and avian species. It also hosts a museum where manuscripts, animal skeletons and other interesting artefacts have been displayed.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Geography of India
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
 
 
Periyar River - Informative & researched article on Periyar River
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.