Kazhugumalai Temples and Therikadu Desert

The Final tour of 2020 started with a bang of 5 days drive to costal Tamil nadu and we selected exotic and  amazing locations.. The day one was spent in visiting these two amazing places , Kazhugumalai Vettuvan kovil and Jain bed temples and also then visiting the Therikadu which is the only one red desert of South India... Not to miss out the stupendous lunch we had in Nammakal called as the Sandhu kadai keda virundhu..

Places explored :

Kazhugumalai Vettuvan Kovil

Kazhugumalai Jain beds

Therikadu desert

Sandu kadai keda virundhu in Namakkal for lunch..

Theri Kaadu is a red sand desert near Thiruchendur in Tamilnadu, India. Theri Kaadu desert is spread over parts of Tirunelveli  and Tuticorin districts.Teri or Teri dune complex is a coastal landscape peculiar to some parts of Tamil Nadu mainly in southeastern India. The landscape consists of sediments dating to the Quaternary Period and made of marine deposits with aeolianite and characteristic red sand and silt dunes. This place is situated about 15000 acres and 15 kms from Tiruchendur..

The Lunch we had at the Nammakal Sandu kadai Keda Virundhu

Vettuvan Koil in Kalugumalai, a panchayat town in Thoothukudi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Constructed in the Pandyan Architecture and rock cut architecture, the unfinished temple is believed to have been built during the 8th century by Pandyas. The rock-cut architecture exemplary of early Pandyan Art. The other portions of Kalugumalai houses the 8th century Kalugumalai Jain Beds and Kalugasalamoorthy Temple, a Murugan temple

As per local legend, a rivalry between a father and son resulted in son finishing the sculpture first at the lower hills, while the father was slow to respond. In his angst, the father killed the son and thus the shrine remains unfinished.
The temple is maintained and administered by Department of Archaeology of the Government of Tamil Nadu as a protected monument.

The Jain beds near the Vettuvaan kovil

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