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#11 of 77 Places To Visit in Madurai
samanar hills
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Keelakuyilkudi Village, Sholavandan NH, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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No entry fee
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Located about 11 km from Madurai, this hillock can be reached through a beautiful, scenic trek. You can reach till the bottom of the hill via all major modes of local transport here.

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about samanar hills

Samanar Hills or Samanarmalai (the word "malai" means hill in Tamil) is a unique spot in Madurai, seeped in the rich history of South India. A small hillock, it is home to caves and carvings, dating back to around 1 AD. The carvern here is believed to have been home to Jain monks about 2000 years ago.

You will find various sculptures here of Mahavira, Gomateshwara, Yakshi and Yaksha, with inscriptions in Brahmi across the entrance of the cave and at different points within it. Archaeologists believe that a Jain shool was in existence at this spot, pointing towards the vast depths of knowledge that these historic artefacts are a symbol of. You will also find an ancient, natural fountain here, the Pechchi Pallam, with various flora and fauna around it. A great spot for a fun-filled picnic, complete with a lesson in history, Samanar Hills in Madurai is one of the lesser known delights (and hence not as crowded) that Madurai has on offer.

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