Movies and locations leave lasting impression in our minds. And today, we are going to go back in time and tell you the story of how a small cave near Idukki dam holds a unique place in the Malayali psyche – all thanks to Vaishali, a movie that hit the screens in 1988.
Vaishali, a period drama helmed by ace director Bharathan starring Suparna and Sanjay Mitra hit the marquee in 1988. The story which traces its roots to the epic Mahabharata spoke about Rishyasringan, a young seer who was seduced by Vaishali. The movie had some memorable songs picturised in Idukki. The most memorable one being Indraneelimayolum, which was shot near the Idukki Dam.
Video – Mathrubhumi
This cave has an interesting story too. While building the Idukki Dam, rocks blasted off were taken through this cave to the dam site. A lot of people visit the cave even now. Ask around. Sometimes, the authorities do not permit you to visit these caves.
Reaching Vaishali Caves
A half an hours walk from the dam to Kuravan hills will put you at the mouth of the cave. The view from this place is breathtaking.
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