Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mahabalipuram - Tiger Cave






There is neither a tiger nor a dark dingy cave , but located in Saluvankuppam, five kms from Mahabalipuram , are a couple of rock cut temples . The name is derived from a cave temple which has a crown of carved heads of an animal that looks like a tiger It is said that the animal depicted is the mythological yali and it is known as the Yali Mandapam .






Small hillocks, big boulders set amidst casurania trees and the sandy shores make this a great haven for birds and an idyllic picnic spot . The mandapam is like an open air theatre and even today, some cultural events are held here





The rock cut cave temple with a Shiva Linga and a Nandi is at a corner while the temple is situated below ground level and hence the top of the rock that forms the roof of the temple is accessible for climbing.






The beach is located near the cave temples and its a much quieter option than the Mahabalipuram beach .


33 comments:

Apun Ka Desh said...

Superb Pics! Post More.

AJEYA RAO said...

Beautiful place.

Cosmic Joy said...

As always, your pictures and narrative are amazing :) Happy travelling!

mark said...

stunning--- wonderful photos too

Ashley said...

Beautiful photos! I particularly like the water reflection and the sunset!

Come check out my new post on Phnom Penh! Have you been?

Anjuli said...

Nice pics...

The only caves I have been to so far are the Elephanta Caves....so got reminded of that after seeing these pictures...

Bendtherulz said...

Loved the last pic a lot....! This place is also on my to do list....!!

Arun said...

I treasured watching the shore temple and the beach during sundown. Mahabalipuram is a really beautiful place, though it does get pretty crowded in weekends..

backpakker said...

Apun Ka Desh - Nice to see you back.. will have to go back to post more..:)thanks

Ajeya rao- Thanks . We sometimes dont realize that we have some historic treasures right in our backyard.

Cosmic Joy - thanks for your wishes and your lovely comments..am glad you liked them

Mark - History has been one of my interests ..This is one of the most beautiful places in the world ..thanks

Ashley - Thanks . they are my favorites too and the pic of the nandi and the tigers cave itself . saw your posts ..amazing ..havent been there , for now, I will visit you to get a feel of the place

Anjuli - Ive been to Elephanta too while I was studying and also to the Kanheri caves in borivali, above the national park..try going there if you havent

BTR - Good to see you back and thanks..pls do visit ..its very rich in history and natural wealth

Arun - Thats why I didnt go to the beach.. being season, it was flooded..not too many people though near the scultures ..was going there after childhood :)

Anjuli said...

I haven't, will go :-) thanks!

Sivaram Kannan said...

Hey, the excavation I mentioned was just before the caves in the above photos( where there are some sanscrit inscriptions). I had the privilege of being accombined by a ASI veteran who explained about the excavation and other things.

backpakker said...

Anjuli - Im sure you will enjoy it ..

SK - Was it a Subramanya temple ? I read about it..it was getting dark , so didnt linger there , so I wanted to ..there is also an excavation at Mahabs itself ..I want to go there again to photograph these excavations, Arjuna Penance and other monuments..

Kalyan said...

Wow...some very beautiful shots as usual. I also want to visit this lovely place!

Anil P said...

Mahabalipuram, one of my earliest travel memories.

Stephanie said...

This place is beautiful. Are the rock formations carved? or natural?

Sivaram Kannan said...

It is Subramanya temple. It is a brick structure and I was told it is a temple from Pallava period.

backpakker said...

Kalyan - this is just an hour from Chennai , and you must come down south sometime

Anil - Im sure most of us have childhood memories of Mahabs - our school used to take us there for excursions - this time the perspective is different

Stephanie - They are carved ..are rock cut temples of the Pallava Regime in 6-7 century. In fact, the sculptures in the next post are monoliths, carved out of a single rock

SK - I did see it, but it was dark and it didnt know then - I read about it later

GMG said...

Wow, wonderful pictures!
Sorry for having taken so much time to come back here, but I will not tell you about my last weeks… The problem is that the coming ones don’t seem much nicer, at least up to January 14th, 2008…
But let’s forget all that; I wish you a great weekend and I’ll try to come back here to see some wonderful pictures and divert from less interesting tasks!

shooting star said...

nice pics......seems to be a nice place

backpack_everyday said...

hey will be in chennai till jan 4

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bluemountainmama said...

beautiful sunset pic.... and quite an interesting looking place.

Shantanu said...

Those rock temples are so amazing. Wonder how old these are. I have some in and around Pune which seem to have existed for a very long time -- they must have been old temples even during the Peshwa rule. Most have been carved from rocky mountainsides, but aren't very well known as tourist destinations yet.

Reeta Skeeter said...

I love the second picture a lot! good observation and girl u do go places :D
Clapping for you!
Cheers!

Reeta Skeeter said...

btw u r blogrolled!

backpakker said...

GMG - Thanks . Mahabalipuram is a favourite destination for as school kids and I have started seeing it with an adult perspective..Wish you a very happy new year and I hope you have a stress free year

Shooting star - Thanks..Its a nice place ..why dont you come here

backpack_everyday -Oops, havent been there for a while..Im in Bangalore still

Bluemountainmama - Thanks..I like sunsets more than sunrises..:) Mahabs is beautiful..maybe you should visit it sometime

Shantanu - They belong to the Pallava period and were built in the 6th-7th century ..Ive been to some of the forts and a couple of caves ..but there are more to see..regret that I have not travelled much during my stay in Mumbai - Pune

Reeta-Thank you..I take a humble bow..Im not so well travelled actually and its been ages that I actually went out anywhere .Thanks for blogrolling me

Cuckoo said...

Have gone there twice, a beautiful place. But have not posted any pictures. The reason is known to you. :-)

Maybe when I go next time.

BTW, Lovely pictures.

Keep posting them.

backpakker said...

the festival in on now till jan 27 ...maybe its a good time to visit again if you are free ..

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Manish Khamesra said...

Amazingly beautiful. I will say simply superb :)

AdmirableIndia.com said...

Nice pics....I will be visiting Mahabalipuram this month.

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Ruchira Roy said...

Beautiful. Does the rounded stone in the water signify anything?

Abhay Kumar said...

Wow breathtaking what a camera you have
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They offer Biryani, tandoori chicken, butter chicken etc too
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