- 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?
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?
- 7D Show about Pallava Dynasty.
This show is about the history of the Pallavas. This film is not only about Mamallapuram, but also about Mamandur where Pallavas started their early sculptures, and about Kancheepuram, their capital city of art, where they constructed many marvelous Temples and astounding sculptures.
- 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?
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
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- Travel in an AC Van
- Morning Coffee / Tea, Veg South Indian Meal Lunch, Evening Snacks & Coffee / Tea.
- 7D Show of Pallavas
- Sightseeing – as per plan published
- All entry fees including Seashell Museum
- Camera / Video fees, Anything other than inclusions. Any cost related to optional spots / items.
Note: Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change.