Cooum & Adyar Rivers Chennai – 2 Old Postcards

Two old 1910 photo postcards showing the principal rivers Cooum and Adyar of Madras, now Chennai. One of the scenes is that of fishermen on their catamarans fishing at dawn on the Cooum river, the other is of the Adyar at sunset. Just holding your gaze at these pleasing pictures gives a little piece of heaven on what was the old Madras. Understandably so because you are transported back to the early 20th century. When these rivers flowed serenely beautiful.

When the water was pristine and safe for drinking. When it radiated a subtle charm. But not anymore as these are unimaginable today simply because they are highly toxic. Especially the Cooum where there is no form of life. Both run parallelly in Chennai one ends in the sea adjacent to Fort St George the other on the coast of Adyar itself. Once a vibrant lifeline waterway in Madras where boats holding cargo or passengers were a common sight. From the 1980s many restoration projects were undertaken but each time it came to nothing. Click on the photo for better view.

See google map of the rivers in ISRO report. See post Chennai Central Railway Station & Canal – 4 Old Postcards.

Did you know- the Cooum was earlier known as the Triplicane river. The Adyar waterway is regaining little of its old glory with migratory birds and mangroves appearing here and there. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., WW2 Indian Made Armoured Vehicle – Old Photo 1942., Inauguration of New Parliament Delhi – Old Print 1927., Bombay Car Rally Vintage Cars – Old Print 1906

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.