The cave temple of Sittannavasal
is located at a distance of 16 km from Pudukkottai
. This ancient Jain temple dates back to the 2nd century BC. The rock cut temple has many paintings and sculptures. The main attraction of the temple is the fresco painting done in natural colors as in Ajanta caves. Another attraction is a cave in which Jain monks sought refuge in days of religious insecurity.
The temple is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. Brahmi scripts of the 2nd century BC have been preserved in the temple. There are also inscriptions dating back to AD 9th and 10th centuries.
The temple is easily approachable by road.