Flood gives a makeover to Bhoothathankettu
During the floods, when the Periyar river overflowed like never before, Bhoothathankettu underwent a makeover.
The flood waters from Periyar created new sand plains replacing the old soil properties. The old soil platform was rich with green plants and trees. The new one is extended over a distance of 1 km.
When the river widened, the depth reduced. The river took over upto 15 metres both sides.
Many ridges have been formed here by the mud, sand and soil left over by the flood.
The forest department reported that the depth of the river has been reduced when new sand ridges were formed in the river. The pits in the river have been levelled.
The Bhoothathankettu dam lies close to Thrikkariyoor Mahadeva temple. A myth relating to Bhoothathankettu says that the reservoir was formed when a ‘bhootham’ (genie) accumulated stones by the Periyar river. The floods submerged major part of the temple and its premises.
The eco tourism area which was closed down in view of the floods will be reopened this week.