Kodaikanal Dolmen Circle

Kodaikanal, the paradisaical hill resort is a tourist's haven that transports the weary city slicker to an Utopian Elysium. Amongst the notable tourist attractions that are peppered all over hill station, the Kodaikanal Dolmen Circle deserves special mention.

According to the dictionary, dolmens are a tripod like structure that buttress a megalithic crypt and date as far back as the Neolithic era.

Kodaikanal Dolmen Circle is one of the leading anthropological sites, dotting the Indian subcontinent. The innumerable dolmens and kistavens provide a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the prehistoric man.

Extensive research and years of excavation have revealed that the dolmens served the purpose of abodes or hideouts for the ancient man.

However, it is speculated that rather than living, the people kept their valued possessions in the dolmens.

In fact, several copper and brass ornaments and utensils have been unearthed in the dolmens. The kistavens on the other hand, primarily functioned as a burial ground for the ancient man.

According to the erudite researchers and savant scholars, the dolmens date as far back as 5000 BC. However, the ravages of time and centuries of repeated neglect have resulted in their gradual depletion. Unfortunately, there are only two such stone structures that remain standing and intact in the Indian subcontinent.

While one dolmen circle is sited at the ghat road in the propinquity of Periakulam, the other rests at a stone's throw distance from the bucolic hamlet at Pannaikadu and forms a fine spectacle as it dominates the Kodaikanal skyline from its elevated position at the summit before Pattiveerampatti.

Last Updated on : 05 May 2011