Once a perennial river, the Bharathapuzha now goes dry within a few weeks after the monsoon ends. Loss of tree cover, drying tributaries and weak monsoons in the last few years have left the river in a drought-stricken situation along much of its course.
Spiritual & Cultural Significance
The river is traditionally known as Nila. Kerala Kalamandalam, a famous center for traditional arts, is situated on its banks.
The literary genius of M.T.Vasudevan Nair and O.V. Vijayan found inspiration along the river’s banks.
The pithru tharpanam, an offering to one’s ancestors, is performed every year along the river’s banks.