Veeranam Lake : Veeranam Lake (Veeranarayanapuram Lake) is located 14 km (8.7 mi) SSW of Nattarmangalam in Cuddalore district in the state of Tamil Nadu inSouth India. 1 km (0.62 mi) from kattumannarkoil. The lake located 235 km (146 mi) from Chennai, India, is one of the water reservoirs from where water is planned to be supplied to Chennai. The Veeranam project, to supply water to Chennai, was conceived in 1967 by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai, and executed under his successor, M. Karunanidhi. The project was subject to rampant corruption and money earmarked for the project was lost leading to stagnation of the project. The project’s completion in 2004 by J.Jayalalitha. It was impossible to use any water from the lake since it had run dry, and the face-saving proposal adopted by the authorities was to dig 45 deep borewells around the area and pump the resulting water 235 km (146 mi) to Chennai via the pipeline. As the length is 14 km this is the longest man made lake in the world. The credit goes to ancient people who have done this job with ordinary hand made tools. Veeranam Lake was built in the Tenth Century during the time of Greater Cholas, from 907–955 AD and is an 16-kilometre (9.9 mi) long dam in northern Tamil Nadu. It was created by Rajaditya Chola. he named it after a title of his father Parantaka I Chola. This veeranam lake gets water fromKollidam via Vadavaru River. The lake remains dry for the major part of the year. The opening chapter of the book Ponniyin Selvan is set on the banks of the Veera Narayana Lake. Kalki gives an elaborate description of the features of the lake and the way multiple rivers flow into the lake.He added Chola princess KUNDAVI used to come for refreshment at the banks of Veeranam lake during spring season. He also makes a reference to the fact, that Ramanujacharyadecided on the number of 64 Peetas – 64 simhasanathipathigal based on the number of 64 openings in the lake. This is the Veeraanam Lake formerly known as Veeranaaraayanapuram Lake.
How to Reach:
Air : The nearest International airports is Chennai (200Km ). Another nearest Air Port is in Pondicherry has charter flights located 25KM from Cuddalore. New Airport also prosed and the work is in progress, At Neyveli in the same District located 45Km from Cuddalore Town the head quarters of this District.
Rail : 1. Chennai – Villupuram – Cuddalore – Thanjavoor – Trichy Raliways route is available running via Cuddalore Town the District head quarters. 2. Another major rail route is also available in this District is Chennai -Villupuram – Vridhachalam – Trichy . It is also operational, In which Vridhachalam is loacted 50KM from Cuddalore Town. There is connecting rail route is also available between Cuddalore and Vridhachalam.
Road : Road transport is very good in Cuddalore District. National highways NH45 , NH45A are running through Cuddalore. Satte Highways 32 & 36 are also running through Cuddalore District. On road Cuddalore is located 200Km From state head quarters. To reach Kattumannarkoil You can reach from Cuddalore are Chidambaram. From Cuddaloe Chidambaram is 50 K.M . From there kannumannarkoil is 25 K.M.
It is good to stay at Chidambaram or in Cuddalore stay at Cuddalore and Chidambaram will be a comfortable one, as many places, on various ranges are available in Cuddalore and Chidambaram . Please refer Accommodation (Hotels/Resort) under tourism heading of this website.