Did you Know?
A group of sanctuaries founded by the Pallava kings was carved out of rock along India’s Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries) and giant open-air reliefs. The area was also home to seven pagodas, six of which seem to have been submerged by the sea. During a tsunami in 2005, their remains, an ancient port and part of a temple were uncovered. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.