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“Dont go without a proper guide”
Review of Samanar Hills

Samanar Hills
Ranked #19 of 47 things to do in Madurai
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Dont go without a proper guide”
Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

A must go place if you like jain history and architecture. Must be accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide. Other wise a waste of time for the tourists. Best place for the locals to visit with family in the evenings.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A good place if you are interested in history”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is a good place to visit once. The view at from the top is awesome. Also the lotus pond situated at the foot of the hill is nice. Nothing great!! But still worth a visit for a historical place.

Visited January 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Escape the hustle of the city”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The beauty of this site is its complex simplicity, from the magnificent banyan tree that snakes its way to a large tank (pond) filled with lotus flowers to a small Hindu temple that has shrines to commemorates those that died defending the region; rising up directly behind the temple a carved stairs leads you to the top of the granite hill, there is a guard rail to assist your climb, where you get a great view over the Tamil countryside and see some small but very nice carvings. Circle the hill and you will find great spots to sit and enjoy an afternoon meal in the cool shade where you will discover other excellent examples of Jain carvings

Visited July 2013
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1 review
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“nice..”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

enjoyed:) nice place to go with family.. I recommend to go at early morning to feel the real air freshness..

Visited April 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Nice historic place”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Samanar hills is located near Nagamalai pudhukottai which is 10km away from Meenakshi amman temple. The cave is in a small hamlet. As per legends the cave was used by Jains (samanar) during the reign of Koon Pandian. Since its near Madurai and outside the city wall of that time it served as a safe hide out for them. The view of Madurai city from top of the hill is really an awesome view. The main attractions in samanar hills are
1. Karupasamy temple at the bottom of the hill
2. Jain Carvings, sculptures and scriptures at the middle of the hill
3. Lamp post at the top of the hill
4. Jain Caves which is behind the hill
The village is selected as a place for promoting village tourism by Tamil Nadu tourism department.
It’s advisable to reach the hill early in the morning (Before 10 AM) so that you can avoid hot sun. Carry enough water while climbing up the hill.

Visited October 2012
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