Iritty, had a good road transportation system even before the Indian Independence. The British has constructed many bridges in this area mainly for their timber transportation from the Coorg Forest to Tellichery port. Even they started meter gauge railway line till Vallithode for the Timber transportation.
Due to the climatic changes and heavy floods made the railway development of Iritty went to vain. So they improved the road transportation into many ways. Still some roads are remains with names like 'Company Nirath' ( Nirath means Road ) near Edoor.
Iritty Steel Bridge is one of the major bridges constructed by the British in British-India. The first Iritty Bridge was constructed by the British in the year of 1887. But after some years this smashed into the heavy flood of 1928. After the devastation of first bridge the present steel bridge construction started and inaugurated in the year of 1933.
This Steel Girders bridge is famous for technology, that used for the construction. This built on two pillars with three spans and with an excellent vibration reduction systems made this bridge to an Engineering marvel. The Steel Girders used for the bridge construction is completely imported from Great Britain. This beautiful steel Girders bridge designed and constructed by Mr. E. H. Stewart, one of the bridge engineers in British India.
(1) Inaugural function of Iritty Bridge in 1933 & (2) now
Courtesy: Malayalamanorama News Paper. | Date: 19th March 2007
The ruins of the first British Bridge - Built in the year 1887.( Near Iritty Police Station )
Koottupuzha Bridge connects Kerala - Karnataka state borders. This Arch - shaped bridge was constructed by the British in the year of 1928 with
the load specification as of B-Class Load. The Bridge designed and erected by the General Construction Co Limited, Contractors Madras on 1928.
Iritty - Kannur - Kerala
One of the beautiful Hill Station of North Kerala. Iritty is the cultural and commercial center for the near villages.