Tiger Cave, Mahabalipuram

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Tiger headed Rock cut temple & two other monuments, Saluvankuppam
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The Tiger-headed Rock Cut Temple in Saluvankuppam, Mahabalipuram is also called the Tiger Cave. It is a Hindu temple complex cut from rocks. The name is derived from the tiger heads sculpted into the rock at the entrance of one of the temples. Built by the Pallava Dynasty during the 8th century, the rock-cut temples showcase the amazing skills of the sculptors of that era. Book tickets now and discover the surprises hidden in these rock temples

Things to see

  • The Tiger Cave with its many carvings that have survived for centuries 
  • The well-kept garden and lawn which are a great place to relax and have a picnic
  • The rocky outcrop with an inscription about the nearby Subrahmanya Temple
  • The temple with the Shiva Linga and rock sculpted Nandi
  • The Bay of Bengal coast which is just a few minutes from the Tiger Cave

How to get there?

  • Chennai International Airport is about 37Km from Saluvankuppam and the journey can be made easily by road.
  • Chennai and Chengalpattu railway stations are the nearest to Mahabalipuram from where you can get to Saluvankuppam hamlet
  • There are several buses from Chennai to Saluvankuppam and you can also use a pre-paid taxi or auto-rickshaw to get there.


Tiger headed Rock cut temple & two other monuments, Saluvankuppam

Tiger Cave, Mahabalipuram, Saluvankuppam, Mahabalipuram, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, 603104


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