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12 participants appreciated Mallai Cave Temples Walk at Mahabalipuram with an online session 

After several months, we re-started heritage talks and trips and successfully delivered the Mahabalipuram trip. It was a very niche learning only on Cave Architecture. Big thanks to Sivasankar Babu Sir the Curator, Vaithee, the organizer and all the participants. 


Testimonials -

Extract of some testimonials are given below.

  • It was a interesting and informative session
  • A big thanks to the organisers- we all enjoyed and thanks to the all the group members who made it enjoyable 
  • Good experience. Happy moments
  • Thank you for your time .it was an amazing experience for me. Special thanks to Mr. Vaithee for coordinating with us. Looking forward for some more guided trips. 

What next?

a. Mallai monolithic rathas   b. Mallai structural temples and bas-reliefs c. Kanchi rajasimha temples

How can you register. 

If you have any travel requirements in Heritage / Culture / any other, please submit your requirements. We will call you and discuss - https://www.keyterns.in/requirements

Sharing below the details of Mallai Cave Temples trip for reference. We will redo this in future. 

Humans did not forget their earlier dwellings .  Cave Mandapas are one of the earliest forms of Rock-Cut Architecture, replicating their earlier natural cave dwellings .   .Cave temples in Tamilnadu were popularised during 6th CE by early Pallavas and Pandyas

Mahabalipuram or Mallai near Chennai was a veritable university for sculptures and architecture of temples .. Here we can see the Cave mandapas from its basic form to the fairly well developed form incorporating the styles of concepts Brick and Mortar temples of 6th CE

Participants will get educated on how cave manadaps evolved and how they experimented in various forms in Mallai in a short period of < 100 years .  This will be followed by a Early Morning Guided tour of the Cave Mandapas of Mallai, where you will be able to appreciate the finer points of the art as detailed in earlier day Talk . 

Who is this for?

  • Any Heritage Enthusiasts, History or Heritage Students. 
  • Anyone who wants to know little more in-depth than the normal tourist WOW views

Why should you participate?

  • To know how the cave architecture evolved in India and Tamilnadu

  • To learn more about the fundamentals and innovation in Cave architecture

  • To hear interesting stories and history behind the creation

  • To be at the cave temples physically to understand all the learnings from video Talk

Curator Profile

Both online Video session and Cave walk on the next day will be curated by Mr. Sivasankar Babu, an experienced Heritage Enthusiast whose profile is given below.



1.5 Hrs on Zoom, 3 Hrs at Mahabalipuram Available on request South India

What is included in the tour

  • Online presentation followed by Q & A for about 1.5 Hours (Zoom details will be shared upon registration)

  • Curated walk at Mahabalipuram Cave Mandapas between 8 and 12 Noon.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel on your own or by carpooling
  • All food and water on your own
  • Entry fees, toll, parking, etc. 
  • Anything not in inclusions

Day 1 - 07 PM to 08:30 PM IST : Online discussion  on Cave Architecture (Zoom details will be shared after registration)

Day 2 - 08 AM to 12 AM IST: Cave Mandapas walk at Mahabalipuram with a coffee / tea break for 10 to 15 mins.


1. Participants are requested to assemble at Pancha Pandava Cave, Mahabalipuram by 8 AM after finishing breakfast. 


Pickup point
Pancha Pandava Mandapa, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, Near Arjana Penanace and Krishna Butter Ball place. View on Map