Devils Kitchen or Guna Caves

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

Devil’s Kitchen is located on the southern escarpment of the Palani Hills where weathered charnockite pillars protrude out of the cliff face. Historically these cliffs were covered in a mix of native grasses and shola forest. Guna Caves is the local name for Devil’s Kitchen, a deep bat-infested chamber between three naturally arranged imposing boulders, 1990s the caverns and gnarled shola of Devil’s Kitchen were a favorite, yet little known, hiking spot for Kodai school students and the few hippies and others who resided year around in Kodai. The area was dangerous with numerous caverns enclosed by dense vegetation. In fact there is a memorial at the entrance to the shola remembering an unfortunate trader from Madurai who fell to his death in one of the crevices in the 1950s. A highlight of the trip was to descend into the deepest cave, actually the split between the third pillar and the main cliff face, into the “kitchen.”  The hike involved some serious scrambling and a short rope descent before you traversed a dank, pitch-black tunnel and emerged in a forest-enclosed outlet  a sight that is listed in Selvam’s book. In 1992 a Tamil film named Guna was shot within the caverns. Once the movie was released people wanted to see the site and it quickly became a favorite spot for tourists making the rounds from the Golf Course to Moyer’s Point.  It’s now called Guna Caves after it was turned into a romantic kidnapper’s lair for a Tamil movie.
The Forest Department now reluctantly manages this flow but the numbers on a busy weekend are astounding. A minor bazaar with shops selling corn, candy and what not marks the entrance to the caves. There is rubbish strewn all over, vegetation has been trampled and areas have been blocked off with massive steel frames and grates. Pesty bonnet macaques scavenge for food while the calls of the Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii) are drowned out by the shouting and hooting of visitors. The Devil’s Kitchen area and its vandalized habitat by chaotic mass tourism underline the challenges of managing sensitive habitats in a hill-station with growing numbers of visitors. For old Kodai residents like me, it is a very personal and sad development that illustrates the worst side of the tourist boom in the hills.. Selvam and I go around the base of the pillar rock. Me, petrified about being the potential thirteenth ghost in the cave, and Selvam, looking for a certain hallucinogenic ‘magic mushroom’ that gets him a good price from “Keralites and foreigners”. 
 
Timing,
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Entry Fee,
No entry fee
 
How to Reach,
 
By Road:The best way to get around is on foot. You could also hire a taxi.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Kodaikanal
 
Nearest Airport: Mudurai Airport.

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Dindigul
Location
Kodaikanal
Address
Devil’s Kitchen,Pillar Rocks Rd,Kodaikanal, Dindigul,Tamil Nadu - 624101
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Pillar Rocks Rd,Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station
Kodaikanal (DG)
Nearest Airport
Madurai Airport
IN
latitude : 9.834509850 longitude :78.093399050
Corporation : Madurai
GPS Code : VOMD
Visiting Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM victory

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