May 16, 2016

Pallava Cave Temple of Pallavaram

Site Name: Pallava Cave Temple
Site Type: Monument
Location:   Pallavaram, Near Tambaram, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The cave temple of Mahendravarma Pallava period
Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tambaram and Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai and Tambaram

Pallavaram is a well known locality of Tambaram near Chennai. Not many know that the name of this locality was derived from Pallavapuram. Pallavapuram was a settlement during the Pallava period in the 7th century CE. 

Mahendravarma Pallava I, the popular Pallava Emperor, was known for the construction of cave temples in various places including Mamallapuram and Trichy. The same King constructed a cave temple in Pallavapuram (Pallavaram) in the early 7th century CE.

The cave temple was called as Pancha Pandava temple. The cave temple had five cells facing the southern direction. There are six huge pillars in front. It is believed that the three cells in the middle were dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. All the cells were carved from a protruding section of the rock. 

The cave temple was taken over long back and a Dargah is found in this site. The identity and antique symbols are already lost.

Happy travelling.


  1. can public visit the Pallava temple cave now in this day.

    1. Yes, that's how I visited. I even took a group on heritage trip to this place few months ago.