Natural Cavern with stone beds, Eladipattam

History enthusiasts will find the Eladipattam caverns fascinating for the snapshot they provide into ancient south Indian history. They are home to historic murals that can be dated back to the waning of the subcontinental Iron Age and the re-emergence of the urbanization in the region. The caves are situated in the Sittannavasal district, which, according to historians, is etymologically derived from ‘Chir-ran-nal-vaa-yil’, roughly translating to ‘abode of great saints’. In fact, it is not only the frescoes of Eladipattam attract numerous visitors to the site, but the presence of seventeen stone beds that were once used by Jain monks as resting spots that hold significant historic value – the earliest carvings in Tamil Brahmi on the stone beds can be dated back to as early as the 1st century BC. Other inscriptions can be dated upto the 10th century AD. The site is also home to a Jain temple that has been carved out of the rock face, known as Arivar Koil (Arivar temple). The paintings in the temple depict lotus flowers and other images of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, since these were created using vegetable dyes, very little of the original paintings still remain. Several restorations have been attempted to save what is salvageable. Even if that is a small fraction, it is an intriguing glimpse at our origins.

About Natural Cavern with stone beds, Eladipattam

History enthusiasts will find the Eladipattam caverns fascinating for the snapshot they provide into ancient south Indian history. They are home to historic murals that can be dated back to the waning of the subcontinental Iron Age and the re-emergence of the urbanization in the region. The caves are situated in the Sittannavasal district, which, according to historians, is etymologically derived from ‘Chir-ran-nal-vaa-yil’, roughly translating to ‘abode of great saints’. In fact, it is not only the frescoes of Eladipattam attract numerous visitors to the site, but the presence of seventeen stone beds that were once used by Jain monks as resting spots that hold significant historic value – the earliest carvings in Tamil Brahmi on the stone beds can be dated back to as early as the 1st century BC. Other inscriptions can be dated upto the 10th century AD. The site is also home to a Jain temple that has been carved out of the rock face, known as Arivar Koil (Arivar temple). The paintings in the temple depict lotus flowers and other images of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, since these were created using vegetable dyes, very little of the original paintings still remain. Several restorations have been attempted to save what is salvageable. Even if that is a small fraction, it is an intriguing glimpse at our origins.

Monument Information

Address

Sittannavasal Cave Rd, Madiyanallur, Tamil Nadu 622101

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Tiruchirappalli International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Vellanur
  • Nearest Bus Station : Pulavanpatti Bus Stop

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum - 31.9°CMinimum - 24.4°C

    Summer : Maximum - 38.0°CMinimum - 27.7°C

    Winter : Maximum - 28.8°CMinimum - 20.4°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (November-March)

Facilities available At the Monument

Contact Details

  • Dr. A.M.V. Subramanyam
  • Phone: 044-25670396
  • E-mail: circlechennai.asi@gov.in

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax