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Samanar Hills

(16 km Drive)

Samanar Hills, also known as Samanar Malai, is a significant historical and archaeological site located near Keelakuyilkudi village, about 15 kilometers from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. This ancient site is renowned for its rich heritage, offering a glimpse into the life and times of Jain monks who inhabited the region around the 1st century AD. The hills are adorned with numerous rock-cut caves, inscriptions, and sculptures that bear testimony to the presence of Jainism in southern India.

One of the main attractions of Samanar Hills is the collection of rock-cut caves, which served as abodes for the Jain monks. These caves feature intricately carved stone beds and inscriptions in Tamil-Brahmi script, providing valuable insights into the history and culture of the Jain community. Among the notable carvings is the image of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, which stands as a symbol of peace and spirituality.

Visitors to Samanar Hills can also explore the impressive natural scenery surrounding the site. The hills offer panoramic views of the countryside, making it a popular spot for nature lovers and photographers. The tranquil environment, coupled with the historical significance of the site, provides a serene and reflective atmosphere for those seeking both adventure and contemplation.

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