Megalithics In Kerala

Megalithics in Kerala


Kerala’s unique distinction evolving a few types of its own among megalithic monuments

1) Umbrella stone

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2) Thoppikkal or capstones

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3) Rockcut chambers

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  • All the types like dolomenoid cysts, urn burials, menhirs have their counterparts in south.
  • The funerary monuments were locally known as Pandoo coolies (pit of Pandavas),pantavan para, muniyara.
  • The first study of megalithic of kerala began with the discovery and exacavation of burials at Bangala molta parambu in Kannur District by Babington in 1823.
  • Porkulam, Machad, Pazhauannur, Perambra, Arippa, Mangadu, Poredam, Cheramananagad, Kurumassery, Anakkara etc. are the megalithic sites excavated in Kerala after 1944.


There is always something left behind…a twig, fragments of a bangle, a seed, a blossom on the hedges enrolled in the red list.

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