A monument of Pallava Period, an 8th-century shrine dedicated to the tiger-loving goddess Durga. Durga can be considered as India's Mother Nature, for she is a deification of Energy. The Tiger Cave was used by the local kings and priesthood to put on shows and make political statements.
You find this calm serene place near by the sea at 5 km from Mamallapuram on the road to Chennai.
I suppose the 3 feet bassin in front will be used by local children to get a swim when it is ful of water during rain season.
The Pallava architecture is characterized by the use of lions. As there are three important Pallavas period you can be distinguished them by the sitting, standing and jumping lion mostly used as an ornament to the base of pillars. So most probably this cave is built during the Pallava III period as you could see a jumping lion at the pillars of the mandapam.
I went there by sunset to get that red coloring shine of this carved rock.
No income fee here yet maybe as the monument is not the best conserved relief of stone carving.