Malayil Kallan Guha (Malaikallan Cave)
Malayil Kallan Guha is a small cave along the Munnar - Thekkady route. This is a good place to stop the car for a short break, get inside and enjoy the cave. And this is a good place for a cup of tea or some hot snacks.
Malayil Kallan Guha is an interesting tourist spot near the Lock Heart Gap in the Munnar - Thekkady Gap road. The name "Malayil Kallan Guha" is made up of 3 words:
1. Malayil - upon the mountain
2. Kallan - thief
3. Guha - cave
The cave is pretty narrow but is about 15 feet tall and one can easily walk through it. Local authorities have built some concrete steps so that people can easily enter the cave. There is no light inside, so people have to use some flashlight or the mobile phone light to see inside.
There is nothing much to see inside the cave other than having the feeling of being inside a cave. The Munnar - Thekkady road is pretty narrow but it is pretty wide in this part of the road, making it easy for vehicles to stop and access the cave.
There is a refreshment shop on the opposite side of the cave. They have coffee, tea, tender coconut, juice, snacks, noodles, omelette etc. If you are heading to Thekkady, this is a good place to have a quick break, have a hot tea and get ready for the long and scenic drive to Thekkady.
How to ReachMalayil Kallan Guha is located about 13 km from Munnar town, on the route to Thekkady. If you are driving from Munnar to Thekkady, you can see this on the left side of the road. There is a coffee shop on the right side with ample parking space there.
ActivitiesThis is a small area and there is nothing much to do other than entering the cave, spend a few minutes enjoying the feeling of being inside a cave. You can have some hot tea and snacks here. They sell soda, juices, tender coconuts, omelette, noodles etc. There are chairs and benches in the shop for travellers to sit and enjoy their coffee and snacks.
This is a very good viewpoint as well. You will get a good view of the hills, mountains and valleys from here.