May 26, 2018

Kolathur Temple Tank (Waterbodies of Chennai - 5)

This is one of the best kept secrets of Chennai suburbs. Covering an area of about 1.5 acres, this vast tank is located in Kolathur village, at a distance of around 23 kms from Tambaram.

The tank belongs to the nearby ancient temple of Kalyana Ranganathar. It is surrounded by a huge trees, few village temples and a four pillared mandap. It gives us a perfect fertile village atmosphere.

The best part of this well maintained tank is that it has water at brim level even in the hot summer of Chennai.

Happy travelling.

Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.

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