Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday visit to Madavoorpara Rock cut temple in Trivandrum

Madavoorpara Siva temple is a rock cut temple located in the outskirts of Trivandrum city. This temple is an ancient one dating back to 850 A.D. The temple and the surroundings is now under the protection of the State Archaeological Department. The temple has a carved idol of Lord Siva and a carving of Ganapathi on the wall in the right side. There is also a carving of the local chieftain on the left side of the temple.
Getting there: Now there are actually three routes from Trivandrum to Madavoorpara.
1) Trivandrum - Sreekaryam - Chempazhanthy - Kattayikonam - Madavoorpara
2) Take the Powdikonam - Pothencode route from Sreekaryam. After 8 kms through this road comes Santhipuram. Take a left turn from this junction. After 2 kms along this road you will reach Madavoorpara. One advantage of this route is that you don't have to climb up the rock.
3) Take the bye-pass road to Kazhakuttom. From Kazhakuttom take the new road to Venjaramood. Take a right turn from Kattayikonam. Travel along this road for about 1 km and Madavoorpara comes up along the left side. There is a kucha road on the left side which leads to the place.

Madavoorpara was a relatively unknown destination even for locals until recently, but now after some articles in the local newspapers and media, the place is witnessing an increasing influx of visitors, especially during the weekends. There is a small park at the top of the rock. A bamboo bridge 101 mtrs long has been constructed by the State Archaeological Department to take people to the hut on top of the hill. Needless to say, the view from atop the rock is simply awesome. You can see the city blending with the outskirts from the top and also a view of the sea. The whole area gets a golden hue at the time of twilight which is simply awesome to witness.

The board at the bottom of the steps leading to the temple stating that this is a protected monument and under the State Archaeological Department.
My friends on the steps to the temple.
Steps cut into the rock to reach the temple
Going to the top of the rock
The small pond on the way to the top formed by a perennial stream. It is known as "Ganga Theertham".
Climbing to the top
First glimpse of the bamboo bridge at the top
Zoomed view of the bridge
View from the top
One of the bamboo huts at the top
The small park at the top
Golden hue
The Bamboo bridge


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  4. A place to be visited. Bamboo bridge is another attraction besides the Rock cut Temple...

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    Madavoorpara, famous for the rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located here, is situated at Chenkottukonam near Chempazhanthy in Thiruvananthapuram. Rock-cut temples are a rarity in Kerala and Madavoorpara is one among them.

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