Social activists have demanded that the district administration come forward to reclaim the ancient ‘Armamalai cave’ near Ambur, which has become a tent of anti-socials and a haven for livestock, as a tourist destination.
District administration should come forward to reclaim the ruined Arma malai near Ambur: Social activists demand.
The historic Armamalai Cave near Ambur has become a haven for social enemies . Social concerns have led to the need to make the Armamalai Cave a museum of tourism to preserve the herbal paintings and rock carvings here . Tirupur District , Ambu Circle , Malaiyampattu Panchayath is spread over an area of about 100 acres . It is about 750 feet above sea level . A variety of herbs and plants thrive on the Arma malai.
‘Armamalai’ is an entirely rocky outcrop spread over several acres in the Malaiyampattu panchayat next to Ambur in Tirupati district . On the southern side of Armamalai is a cave with various monuments.
Many of the rocks on the surface of the cave are adorned with colorful paintings made over 100 years ago. Here, rare paintings like those found at Chitthannavasal in Pudukkottai district can be seen.
Various rooms have been built inside the cave. The rooms are built of unbaked bricks.
There are more than 250 steps leading from the bottom of the hill to the top of the cave. The stairwells are neatly laid out and lush with green and mosaic plants. Community activists have accused the Armamalai, which was created several hundred years ago, of turning into a tent of social enemies and a haven for livestock due to lack of proper maintenance.
The colorful paintings painted on the rocks on Arma malai have been damaged by social enemies.
The colorful paintings painted on the rocks on Arma malai have been damaged by social enemies. The carvings on the rocks here have also been damaged.
Commenting on this, social activists said, “The ancient Arma malai has now become a haven for cattle. The inhabitants of the lower part of the mountain drive their cattle to pasture and feed on the vegetation around the mountain and rest in caves on Arma malai. Some people keep sheep inside the cave, feed them and take care of them. Thus, Arma malai is losing its identity. Here, illegal activities are taking place and some people are damaging the ancient cave rocks.
Just as many historical forts, caves, and buildings built over 100 years ago in Tamil Nadu are being preserved, the Tirupati district administration should restore the ancient Arma malai in Ambur and declare it a tourist destination.