Location : About 5 km east of Thiruvalla,
Pathanamthitta district, south Kerala.
Attractions : Rock Cut Cave Temple
Located on the banks of the river Manimala, Kaviyoor
is famous for its temples. The Kaviyoor Trikkukkudi Cave Temple,
also known as the Rock Cut Cave Temple, is of historical importance
and is preserved as a monument by the Archaeological Department.
It bears close resemblance to the Pallava style of architecture
and has prompted historians to date it to a period as early as the
eighth century AD.
The engravings here are among the earliest specimens of stone sculptures
in Kerala. Enshrined in a square cave is the main deity of the shrine
Lord Siva represented in the ' Sivalinga' which is about three feet
high and carved out of rock. The shrine also has idols of Ganapathy,
Maharshi and Dwarapalakas.
Another noted shrine in Kaviyoor is the Hanuman Temple which stands
on a small hillock and is built in the gable style architecture
peculiar to Kerala.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 5 km from Kaviyoor.
Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about
119 km from Pathanamthitta