These caves are also called the ‘Pandavas Caves’ as folk tales say that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile. These caves were encarved in the 5th or 6th century A.D.
The celebrated caves of Arvalem, found in a remote area but not far from the temple of Rudreshwar, are of great archaeological interest. Cave No. 2 has a Shivalinga with a circular top with Sanskrit and Brahmi characters dating back to the 7th century A.D.
They have 5 compartments among which the middle compartment holds the ‘Linga’ which is till today regarded with great respect.