July 15, 2009

Salt Pans @ Marakkanam

Marakkanam, a small village between Chennai and Pondicherry, on the East Coast Road, is one of the places in this region where we have salt pans. In salt pans, sea water is allowed to flow into small puddles and dried, and the crystallized salt is harvested by the workers. Some of these pans are now run by Women Self-help Groups after the Tsunami in 2004, and can produce about 75 Kgs of salt a week! These pictures were taken on my way back from Pondicherry.

Here is Google's view of the salt pans from up above
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