Monuments around Varaha Cave

Walk around the ancient city of Mamallapuram, and discover its myth and majesty. This trail takes you back 1300 years, to a time when the Pallava dynasty ruled these parts. What was life like back then? Who were the big Gods and how did they change over time? Uncover the mysteries of the men who built Mamallapuram and hear about the rise and fall of great kingdoms. Step back in time as we weave tales of powerful sages and cursed kings, of Gods and demons, and stories of the end of the world.

Starting from the Sthalasayana Perumal temple, this trail takes you through the cluster of monuments around the Arjuna’s penance bas-relief.

Free/Paid
Free
Conveyance
90 mins
Timing & Ticketing
Timing

The monuments at Mamallapuram are open 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, on all days of the week.

Access

The Sthala Sayana Perumal temple is closed from 12:00 PM till 3:00 PM daily, and the innermost sanctum of that temple is open only to Hindus. That innermost sanctum of the temple is not covered on this trail.

Best Time

Go as early as you can. The walk is best done between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM or between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Afternoons can get quite hot, especially between April and July.

Tickets

Shore temple & Five Rathas
Indian Citizens and SAARC Nations: 30 INR
Foreign Travellers: 5 USD
Children under 14: Free

Lighthouse Complex
Indian Citizens and SAARC Nations: 10 INR
Foreign Travellers: 25 INR
Children under 14: 5 INR

Camera tickets
Still Camera: 20 INR
Video Camera: 25 INR

Before You Go
Photography
Photography is permitted in the area, however, if you are planning to shoot videos you will have to purchase a video camera ticket costing INR 25 at the ticket counter. Photography is not allowed inside the Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple complex.
Attire
Dress comfortably, taking the heat into account. Hats, sun glasses and umbrellas are strongly recommended. If you plan to enter the Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple, dress conservatively, keeping your shoulders and knees covered.
Highlights
  • Most of the monuments in Mamallapuram are almost 1300 years old. The Shore temple, Five Rathas, the cluster of monuments around the Varaha cave, Arjuna’s penance bas-relief, the Butter Ball and Tiger caves are all worth a visit.
  • A climb to the top of the Lighthouse offers you a unique view of the entire complex.

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