Chitharal Rock Cut Temple & Jain Monument

I am much interested to say about one of my favorite places Chitharal Rock Cut Temple or Chitharal Malai Kovil (ചിതറാല്‍ പാറ കോവില്‍ in Malayalam, சிதறால் மலை கோவில் in Tamil). I have more things to share with you about it. I came to know about this place by my wife. She was a teacher of Excel Central School, Thiruvattar. As a study trip she has taken her students to this place. According to her information my self and colleague planned to have a trip on Sunday here. Actually we planned to start at 6am, because of some reasons we became late. So we started our journey at 7.30am from Thiruvananathapuram.

There are many ways to reach here. We selected the way Marthandam-Attoor. From Marthandam we sent our vehicle to Kulasekharam road. When we traveled 4 km, we reached Attoor junction. From there turn left to go to Chitharal. Again we traveled 2km to Chitharal junction. Locally this temple is known as ‘Malai Kovil’. We traveled about one more kilometer from the junction. It was a remote area. 

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When we reached the place there was an arch to invite us. We parked the vehicle in the parking area and started to walk to the temple. There were so many steps to climb. Now time is 9am, sun started to attack us. Both the sides of the way they planted different kinds of plants and many trees, that too medicinal value plants and trees. Also we could find more cashew-nut trees. Since there were many trees we walked in the fresh and cool breeze.

In a single walk we can’t reach to the temple. On the way often we took rest and also taken some snaps of the beauty of nature. I think, nearly 25 minutes we walked through the steps and reached the temple. Anyway the way is very cruel.

Here the specialty goes to the rocks. Because, here rocks seems like somebody has taken risk to keep the rock over another rock. Also the rocks are very huge.

There was an information board on the way to temple, from that we came to know that recently the temple has been brought under the Archeological Survey of India, and the researches are going on about the place and temple.

From there we turn left to another rock. From the top of the hill if you see around you can enjoy the real beauty of the nature. Also from there we can see the Marthandam town in a side and the part of Thiruvattar on other.

Far view of Marthandam Town

Far view of Excel Central School, Thiruvattar

Far view of Thamraparni River (Kuzhithurai River)

We stayed few minutes there and turn back to information board and followed the way to temple.

We saw a banyan tree with so many branches near by it. Since there are many tourists visit the place, they stamp there names over the entire tree. Also many boys were sitting on the tree and making different sounds, singing songs they were enjoying. Few minutes we accompanied with them.

We turned to left and climb a rock. Now we are in top of the temple. From there we have the far view of surrounding.

Top of the Temple

Top of the Temple

Top of the Temple

Top of the Temple

Now we back to banyan tree. The entrance of the temple was made with only three stones without any attachment or fixing. Through that way we went inside.

The way is between two huge rocks, and it is very small and short. We have to go one by one through the way also we cannot go straight, we have to bent our body to pass the way. In the first sight we thought, can we go by this way? Because the way was just like a tunnel.

After passing the way immediately few small stone steps. When we cross the steps, we will come to the left side of the temple. In the wall (that to made by rock) We found the Sri Mahavir and his student's sculpture.

Actually this is a Bhagavathy temple. But how does Mahavir connected with this ? We asked our doubt to the guard. He told us, “To spread fine religion among the people, Mahavir’s students came here and made this temple in the rock. But the people were not ready to change. So this place and temple were unknown to the people. So they kept Bhagavathy idol here to attract the people to temple. After that it became famous. Presently, everyday morning and evening pooja is going on here. Many people used come here to pray”.

After getting this information we followed the way. Again few small steps were there to get down. When we got down, we saw that, the rock has been cut in different shape to build some thing, but it was incomplete, that too fine to see. Then we went to the temple. 

Now the temple is under the control of Devasom Board. We got permission to go inside the temple. We entered through main door. Inside of temple there are 3 rooms. In the middle room Goddess Bhagavathy’s idol and the other two rooms were empty. But still pooja is going on all three rooms. Inside the temple itself many stone pillars were there. Few minutes we stayed in the temple.

In front of the temple there is a pond with so many fishes. It is a fresh water pond, but it looks like dirty water. Because, the people used to put the plastic and other waste into the pond. So the pond is polluted. It is very bad. We must know it’s our duty to protect our nature and surrounding.

Old scripts in rocks

Tamil scripts in stone

Malayalam scripts in stone

Near by this, in the bottom of the rock there is another one rock named as Urunchi Paarai (sucking rock). The local people say that, there is a hole in the rock. When we fix our nose in the hole and suck, water will come out by the hole. But the particular shape of the nose only will support to get the water. Since the way was very danger, we didn’t go there. Whether it is true or not we didn’t try.

Really it is a beautiful and wonderful place to visit. Now it is time to go back. But we don’t have mind to leave the place. We were very thirsty. We didn’t take water or food with us. So we left the place. According to my view, the place is very beautiful and enjoyable. But not safe and little dangerous. No proper facility for the tourist people, even local people are also very less for any help. So if anybody have the plan to visit this place, please go with a group or family with proper planning. Better don’t choose the sunny time as well as sunny season. You must be much aware of children.

Nearby Attoor(3km), Thiruvattar(5km), Marthandam(7km), Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu
Latitude and Longitude: 8.332824,77.238497

How to reach
Trivandrum(0)-Marthandam(39)-Attoor(4)-Chitharal Jn(2)-Chitharal Malai Kovil(1)  - 46km
Nearest Railway Station: Kuzhithurai
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

Nearby Attractions
Thiruvattar Adikesava Perumal Temple, Mathur Aqueduct, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thirparappu Water Falls, Petchipaarai Dam, Perunchani Dam



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Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Krishna,

Wonderful information with plenty of lovely photos.The rock carvings are exquisite and a treat for the eyes.

Best wishes,

Rajesh said...

Wonderfully information with beautiful images. I would like to see this treasure in person.

sreekanth said... to native is chitharal.....plz visit this place.

Indrani said...

Wow! A hidden treasure.
Thanks for letting us know.

Teamgsquare said...

We missed this place last time we were in Kanyakumari .Your photos and description are simply superb . Will for sure make it to this place next time .

Ash said...

A hidden treasure indeed. Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing.

Shinu said...

Krishna : Informative post. We are planning a visit soon

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting place and good info.

Nishka Sekhar said...

nice pictures and gud post.. except for a factual mistakes regarding distances..also the version of the guard there is not a historic one.. let historians dig the truth.. but any way its a wonderful place..people should visit.. a peaceful place, tranquility to minds..
other route is trivandrum - kuzhithurai(34 Km) - arumanai(9 km) - Chitharal (4 km)- temple (2.5 km)..enroute u can see the rubber plantations and brick kilns.. also Triparappu Water fall, boat club and shiva temple (4 km from Arumanai) are places not to miss..

Anonymous said...

@Nishka Sekhar

Thank you for your comment. About the distance, we haven't choose the way that you have travelled. Also we have noted the distance in our vehicle itself

Anonymous said...

@Sandeep Pawar
Thank you for your comment

@Joseph Sir
inspiring comments, thank you

Thank you for your comment


Anonymous said...

@Team G Square
Thanks, it is wonderful place, please visit

Thanks ash for your valuable comment

Thanks for you comment. I expecting a post from you about chitharal

Thank you for your comment

Sridharan said...

Beautiful place..Lovely snaps..You are lucky to be in Kerala..So many nice spots..!

Anonymous said...

Thanks your for your comment
This place located nearby Marthandam, Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Awesome...I loved the temple as well as the trek!

Anonymous said...

@Siddhartha Joshi
Thank you for visiting and commenting

Sridharan said...

Well.. Thanks for correcting me..! Would love to pay a visit to this place..

Anonymous said...

Thanks for revisiting


u r mentioned a wrong information that u wrote it was controled by devasam board and daily pooja also doing. But definitly it was wrong message. bcz last 15 years there was no pooja of the temble and its totally controlled by the archeology of india not a Devasam board ok.

Anonymous said...

@C M Pratheesh

Thank you for visiting our blog post. According to your comment, we are sure that the daily pooja is going on, because we were at the temple, while the pooja was going on and we received the 'Prasadam' form the temple priest

കുരാക്കാരന്‍ ..! said...


Thanks a lot for the information. We are planning a visit to Chitharal this weekend, and this information is so helpful.

Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for leaving a comment

Arun said...

Excellent write-up.. I didn't know about this place.. Thanks for sharing.. will plan a trip to Chitaral soon

Anonymous said...

thanks for visiting and leaving a comment

Vineeta Yashsavi said...

Indeed a good post with nice pictures.

Kusum said...

Awesome! Our ancestors liked to build temples and monasteries on remote hilltops so that we could enjoy the treks while visiting those places!

Lakshmi said...

Excellent post and wonderful pics..far more detailed than mine and I enjoyed revisiting the place through your narration and pics

Anonymous said...

thanks Krishna, am proud to be a chitharalian

Subash, Sowparnikam said...

Though my wife's house is very near to Chitharal, I never had a wish to visit this temple and thought it is just yet another temple in Kanyakumari district. But after seeing this blog, I have decided to visit this temple on my next visit to her home.

Nice post...

Narayana Raghavan said...

valuable information

Unknown said...


Unknown said...

thanks krishna
need any entrance pass thare

Unknown said...

thanks for your informations

Unknown said...

No Need for passes, The sucking rocks are true indeed and the water will come even if we try it with our mouth, there are other more amazing things there, which needs small trekking around the hill top and are very easy trekking.

In fact one need to climb down some 400M to see the sucking rock!!!

Avoid Rainy Days & visit during day time..Best time is evening around 4-5

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

@Prem Krishna
Thanks for visiting... More info already given by Saravana raja prabhu

Thanks for visiting

Bharat Potnuri said...

thanks for sharing your information!