Kudakkallu Parambu in Kerala, India

By Narayananknarayanan - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22308067

Located in Chermanangad in Thrissur district, Kerala, Kudakkallu Parambu is a prehistoric megalithic burial site, with a total of 69 preserved megalith monuments. Like a majority of ancient monuments in India, this too has been through some rough treatments by people and nature. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has declared it as a protected site. One can only hope that these survive.

What is the Kudakkallu Parambu?

Literally, the term means ‘umbrella stones’. Kudakkallu Parambu is said to be more than 4000 years old. There is a good reason to believe that these monuments were once burial sites. In earlier times people used to bury their dead instead of burning as we see in present times. Most of the burial takes place with certain traditions and customs. Kudakkallu is one such that was prevalent in ancient Kerala.

These structures, resembling giant umbrellas, were used to cover the earthen urns where the dead were placed. There are different types of burials one can see here — Kudakkal (umbrella stone), Topikkal (hat stone), hood stones and stone circles.

The village of Chermanangad is no longer a small quiet village as it was many years ago. With urbanisation comes a lot of changes to the land, effects of which can also be seen in this ancient burial site.

One can only hope that a site such as this stays unharmed. They have been around for thousands of years, and such large structures were created out of megaliths. They are very much a part of the local culture and history.

By Ranjith Siji – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51507528
By Ranjith Siji – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51507636
By Ranjith Siji – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51507822


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