Chitharal Jain Rock Cut Temple


Chitharal is located about 45 kilometers away from kanniyakumari. It is famous for the Rock-cut temple. Hillock  at Chitharal has a cave containing Rock-cut  sculptures of Thirthankaras and attendent  deities carved inside and outside dating back to 9th Century A.D. King Mahendra Varman I was responsible for the Jainism influence in this region.  It was converted into Bagavathy Temple in the 13th Century A.D. Cars and Vans can go upto the foot of   the hill. One has to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the temple. The Jain images have been preserved by the Central Archeological Survey of India. It comes under Vellankode panchayat.


Photo Gallery

  • Side view of Chidaral Jain Temple
  • Chidaral Jain Rock Cut Temple
  • Front view of Chidaral Jain Temple

How to Reach:

By Air

Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram Airport. Chitharal Jain Rock Cut Temple can be reached by bus or train from Thiruvananthapuram.

By Train

Nearest Railway Station : Kuzhithurai . The Chitharal Jain Monuments are located in a small village situated 9 km from Kuzhithurai station.

By Road

By road it is 64 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 42 Kms from Kanniyakumari