Cooum River

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The Cooum River (), is an urban river which ends in the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) draining into the Bay of Bengal. Along with the Adyar River running parallel to the south, the river trifurcates the city and separates Northern Chennai from Central Chennai.

The name of Cooum appears to be derived from Tamil literature. The word "coovalan" denotes a person who is well versed in the science of ground water, well water and stagnant water. The river is also considered to be the shortest classified river draining into the Bay of Bengal and is only about 65 km (40 miles) long. Its source is in a place by the same name 'Cooum' or 'Koovam' in Tiruvallur district adjoining Chennai district. In Chennai district, the river flows through three corporation zones – Kilpauk, Nungambakkam and Triplicane – for a total length of 16 km.


The Cooum River originates in a village of the same name, about away from Chennai. Once a fresh water source, it is today a drainage course inside the city of Chennai, collecting surpluses of 75 small tanks of a minor basin. The length of the river is about , of which fall within the Chennai district limits. Once a fishing river and boat racing ground, it has borne the brunt of the city's unplanned explosion. The Kesavaram dam diverts the river into the Chembarambakkam Lake from which water is utilized for the supply of drinking water to the city of Chennai. Thereafter, the flow of water in...
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