Activists of the DMK and other organisations staged noisy demonstrations protests here and in other parts of the state.
In Coimbatore, around 500 km from here, DMK members stopped a train by squatting on train tracks.
The party and its allies have called for a shutdown on April 5 over the Cauvery issue.
Members of some fringe organisations picketed post offices and Central government offices in the state.
In Mannargudi, students protested outside their colleges.
The Centre has failed to set up the Cauvery Management Board within six weeks of the Supremem court's order of February 16. The six-week deadline ended on March 29.
Tamil Nadu political leaders say the BJP is acting in favour of Karnataka, which is opposed to the CMB and where Assembly elections are due.
Meanwhile, police in Thiruvannamalai rounded up several youths who showed black flags to BJP Tamil Nadu cief Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday.