Now...The Yana malai (2005)
Then ... Elephant Rock from 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' by Linnaeus Tripe (1858)
Madurai falls inbetween three hillocks named after the shape of the animal they look like- The Pasu (Cow) malai, the Naga (Snake) malai and the Yanai (Elephant) malai.
The Yanai Malai (Elephant Rock) as imaginatively named by someone, is a rocky hillock -a bold landmark that will catch the eye of anyone entering Madurai from Melur(Chennai highway). As a small kid, from the distant view i got from my terrace, i used to wonder wether it was really an elephant!
|distant view across the SundramPark Lake...|