If you love to visit ancient Stone Age sites, then you shouldn’t miss Gudiyam Caves in Goonipalayam village, Tiruvallur district. These are rock shelters known for prehistoric stone tools and culture that were first identified by British geologist Robert Bruce.
The site has been excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1963 and 1964. Systematic paleolithic studies in this region indicate these sites suggest the extensive movement of early hominids across the landscape about 2,00,000 years ago. Sixteen such shelters have been identified by the Archaeological Survey of India in Allikulli Hill ranges near Poondi. According to some trekkers, who have visited the place, the last point where your vehicle can go is the huts at the entrance of Gudiyam Village. The roads from the main road are filled with huge pebbles and one has to be careful while riding on the roads.
What to carry
- Pack at least four litres of water to beat dehydration
- Carry eatables because there are very few food options near the caves
- Ensure that you have good walking shoes to avoid foot injury and for comfortable walking. Avoid slippers and heals
- Carry binoculars so that you don’t miss the sight of beautiful birds