Vizhinjam Rock Cut Caves, Kovalam

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Vizhinjam Rock Cut Caves is situated about 17 km away from the city of Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala. The caves are in the village of Vizhinjam and are composed of sculptures cut from the rocks. Prominent among the sculptures are those of the eighteenth century. However, these rock sculptures did not find prominence among the tourists until recently.

The cave temple is actually a shrine that is prepared from cutting a single rock and contains a sculpture of Vinandhra Dakshinamurthi; one of the avatars of Lord Dakshinamurthy. Distinctly visible on the outer walls of the temple are the carvings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati that have been left uncompleted.

The Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave is only a kilometer away from the Kovalam Beach and should definitely figure in your itinerary. The temple is open for public viewing between nine in the morning and until six in the evening. On Mondays the temple remains closed.


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