Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple

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Timings : 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 Hrs

Entry Fee : Adults: INR 10
Children: INR 5

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Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple, Kovalam Overview

Vizhinjam is a seaside hamlet, and one of the earliest rock-cut caves in Kerala is very close to the scenic Kovalam Beach. It is situated 17 km from Trivandrum. Vizhinjam Caves have rock-cut sculptures from the 8th century that houses the one-celled shrine of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi with the outer wall depicting an unfinished statue of Lord Shiva holding a bow and Parvathi on either side.

The icon of Tripurantaka with a bow and arrow in two of his four hands, with his left foot resting on Apasmara, the crown of his head that's elegantly carved and highly ornate is a beautiful model of the 8th-century art. It is incomplete yet mesmerising to see.

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Attractions near Rock cut caves

With two zones of north and south that concentrates on the Chera and Ay community, the oldest rock-cut cave is an intrusive element in Kerala. The nearby attractions of this place are Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium and the Fishing Harbour. Since 1965, Vizhinjam Caves is a protected monument under the control of Archaeological Survey of India. Although it went unnoticed for many years, it's structure holds great significance. It is arguably the smallest rock-cut shrine in southern India.

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