Timings : 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee,
Parking: INR 10
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Situated by the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Tigers Caves has been a recreation spot since ages where locals relax after their five-kilometre trek from Mahabalipuram to this idyllic location out of the town. The name of the caves has nothing to do with the presence of any real tigers. The caves got this name from the crown of 11 tigeresque heads which were all carved around the entrance. It is believed that these images resemble an animal called 'yeli' which is a cross between a lion and a tiger. One of the most attractive features of the caves is a carving of Goddess Durga on top of these tigers.
There are numerous secrets associated with the Tiger Caves just like the one in 2005 when an inscription was found in the rocks which led to the discovery followed by the excavation of the Subramanya Temple nearby. The grounds of the park are well-maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India thereby making the Tiger Caves a public space. Amidst nature's greenery and fresh air, this architectural beauty is a perfect place to hang out at. There are vendors offering light refreshments along with tender coconut to the tired visitors as well. It is a wonderful place to visit if you love discovering new facts and figures about the history of various places in a scenic beauty away from the busy life of the city.