Ankali Mutt or Chadravalli Cave


Ankali Mutt or Chadravalli Cave is an archeological site in the Chitradurga district of the state of Karnataka, India. The region is a valley formed by three hills, Chitradurga, Kirabanakallu and Cholagudda. The cave existed since Iron Age, and it was later developed by the rulers of this region. The inscriptions found in the nearby hillocks belonged to the Chalukya and Hoysala period, with one belonging to the king Mayurasharma, the founder of the Kadamba dynasty. There are many chambers and passages slithered underground. Ankali Mutt was used for meditation and it was an important secret meeting location for the King and his advisers.

The cave is located underground with the depth goes up to 80 feet. Excavations at Chandravalli have revealed earthen pots, painted bowls and coins of Indian dynasties like Vijayanagar, Satavahana and Hoysalas as well as denarii of Roman emperor Augustus Caesar and a coin of the Chinese Han dynasty Emperor Wu Ti belonging to 2nd Century BC. Other objects found included neoliths, a cist with a skeleton in it, pots containing bones and teeth of animals and a Roman bulla. One of the cists also appeared to contain the legs of a sarcophagus.

Ankali Mutt Location

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Quick Facts about Ankali Mutt

Timing: Open Tesday to Sunday the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: INR. 25 for Indians and INR 250 for foreign tourists (As per ASI)
Photography: Allowed
Video camera: Allowed
Visit Duration: 2 hours approximately
Best time to visit: From September to April