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Mamallapuram Heritage Trip with Archaeologist

February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

| Rs.2150

Mamallapuram Heritage Trip with Archaeologist, 1Day


  • Mesmerising narration by an young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. Multi perspective covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological
  • Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architectureShore templeLighthouseTiger caves, Tiger caves temple 2, Arjuna Penance, Govardhana giri, All the rathasLighthouseMahishasura Mardini cave, Varaha cave, adhi Varaha cave temple, Ramanuja mandap, Varaha mandap, Thirumathi cave
  • Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site
  • Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter BallSeaShell Museum
  • Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts

And much more..

Latest reviews on Heritage trip
– “It was one of the best experiences. …Vijay (archeologist) was able to paint a wonderful picture around history, art, religion, science. Kudos.” “It was really a mind blowing experience to know our past culture in detail and ancestors artistic talents on each sculptures.” More on KeyTerns TripAdvisor page.

Price: Rs.2150 Per Adult. Please check with us for trip charges for children.

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Please contact 9176088725 / 7550042234 / keyterns@gmail.com to booking.

High level plan: 1. Pay to register. 2. Get the confirmation, 3. Meet the curator at venue 4. Curated trip to monuments and temples given in ‘Places’ section.

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Cost Inclusions:
  1. Travel in an AC Van
  2. Veg South Indian Meal Lunch, Snacks & Coffee / Tea.
  3. Sightseeing – as per plan published
  4. All entry fees including Seashell Museum

Cost Exclusions:

  • Camera / Video fees, All fess for Foreigner, Anything other than inclusions. Any cost related to optional spots / items.


  • Venue, Curator details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete.
  • Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change
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  • Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking.
  • 100% money will be refunded if KeyTerns is not doing the trip or if the guest informs the curator before 24 hours of trip start time.
  • The curated trip will be conducted once a minimum of 6 persons register for the trip.


  • Tiger Cave: Our trip starts with the visit to Tiger Cave, a fine rock-cut monument complex. It gets its name from the carvings of the tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex. Curator may pose a question and answer. Is it a sculpture of Tigers or something else? Why was ‘so called’ ‘tiger cave’ built? Is it incomplete? Do you see two elephant heads and what could they have been? Do you see one Lingam with three different design it is and what do they mean? Do you a nice storyboard sculpture where ‘Asura’ is indicating to stop the attack while the Goddess is chasing him and what’s the story?
  • Saluvankuppam

We now take you to another interesting excavated site. Do you that a 2000 years old temple complex was discovered by a team of archaeologists left exposed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami? Was it just a Pallava-era shrine? How did they conclude that it could have been 2000 years old? What materials were used? Interact with curator during the trip to get more. What deity was worshipped in this temple 2000 years back and what was the evidence?

  • Shore temple

Do you know that Shore Temple complex was named as ‘Seven Pagodas’? What does it mean and where are the rest of the temples? Who build the Shore temple? What’s the significance of the architecture? Is it unique?

  • Arjuna’s Penance

Arjuna’s Penance is one of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram. This wonderful bas air relief dates back to the mid-seventh century. Standing tall at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders, making its length around 96 feet. The majestic structure cannot be made out in photographs, it deserves to be praised by one’s own eyes. Now, you see a stunning sculpture of a depiction of an instance in the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. Do you know the Arjuna Penance story? Curator will narrate. Do you know that there is another story around sage Bhagiratha and what’s that?

Along the wonderfully carved sculpture, you will see the sculptor’s touch of a humour amid the holy – a cat mimicking Arjuna’s penance to a crowd of mice. Are you serious & curious to see that now?

  • Pancha Rathas.

Pancha Rathas is a monument complex at Mahabalipuram. Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture.The ‘Ratha’ temples are the cave temple made of rocks. The rathas are regarded as the five rathas of Pandavas, the eminent characters of the Mahabharata.

  • Krishna Butter Ball – natural or god’s creation or human made or alien made:

We will visit this amazing wonder. This monolithic granite rock found in Mahabalipuram India, is over 20 feet in height. With its width almost equal to its height, it is looks spherical in some angles but not a perfect sphere. It weighs over 250 tons and miraculously stands on an extremely small, slippery area of a hill. What’s the other name for this rock ball?

Do you know that this rock was the inspiration to create the famous dolls and what they are?  

  • Lighthouse

Next in the plan is to climb up new and old Lighthouses. They are stunning for photography and marvellous to see around from the top of them. The new lighthouse with a circular masonry tower made of natural stone was constructed in 19th Century. Do you know that Mamallapuram was one of the oldest trading ports with foreigners and a 7th Century built old lighthouse is an evidence?

  • SeaShell Museum

Next stop is at the optional SeaShell Museum, which is the largest seashell museum in India. It houses over 40,000 specimens of rare and unique seashells, fossils, shark teeth and whale fins which offers visitors an amazing visual treat and a unique perspective on conchology

Curator profile: Trip is curated by Vijay, an Archaeologist, Historian, Excavation Specialist, Researcher and a Wildlife Short film maker. He is doing his PHD in Archaeology. He is passionate in Heritage and Culture, is dedicated and has received several recognitions, appreciations, certifications for his work.


– “Last weekend gone for a one day tour to Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram, an UNESCO Heritage Site, 7th Century Built monuments & temples. It was wonderfully organized by KeyTerns team Srini and Balaji. The trip was curated by Vijay, a young Archaeologist, who explained the Pallava kingdom history in-depth in an awesome way. Even though I have been to Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram earlier, But this trip was quite different. It was highly informative and so entertaining, learned loads of historical information about the Pallava kingdom, Mythology and their mind-blowing architectural style. Thanks and kudos to Keyterns team.” – Bala (http://casualwalker.com/pallava-kingdoms-mahabalipuram-mamallapuram-tour/)

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February 1, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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