Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada
Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Near Prakasam barrage, District- Guntur, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ticket Price: 5 INR
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada
The Undavalli caves are an excellent example of ancient rock cut architecture. These are located in the Guntur district of Vijayawada and in the region of Tadepalle Mandal. These are a few kilometers east of Guntur and a few kilometers west of Vijayawada. These are also on the banks of the Krishna River.
The caves date back to the 4th and 5th centuries and are built of solid sandstone. It is not one cave but a collection of beautiful caves. The largest and the most important are dedicated to Lord Vishnu in a sleeping posture. These are of 4-storeys and are made of one single granite rock each. All these caves were initially dedicated to Lord Buddha and were all Buddhist shrines that were later converted into caves dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. In between this conversion period these were Jain caves inspired from the Udayagiri and the Khandagiri caves of Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
The main cave is large and is immensely attractive. It is one of the earliest examples of Gupta style of architecture. These monastery cells were later converted to rock cut caves. In the main cave you will still find the Jain style of architecture retained in the first floor. In the shrine there are remnants of Jain saints and also sculptures of Teerthankaras. In the next level you will find the art work depicting the Buddhist style. The site was known as the ‘Bhikkhu’ monastic complex in the ancient times. The walls of the cave are the canvas of expert art work. The actual credit of the art here should be given to the Jain kings of the 5th century.
The caves are also surrounded by lush greenery and an amazing cover of the surrounding hills. As you stand on the peak here where the caves are located you will be able to spot many other such rock cut artifacts and cave type remnants on the slopes and peaks of the surrounding ranges. The view of the lovely Krishna River flowing with all its strength is also just mind blowing.
Undavalli Caves Information
- This is an amazing place to get some nice clicks.
- It is preferable that you visit this place during the daytime due to lack of proper lighting facilities here.
- It is a moderate climb so prepared for a little exercise here.
How To reach Undavalli Caves by Public Transport
- The nearest railway station is the Kakinada Port Railway Station Junction.
- The nearest airport is the Rajahmundry Airport.
Restaurants Near Undavalli Caves
- Venkateshwara Ice Cream Parlour
- Sri Kanaka Durga Restaurant
- Lotus- The Food City Restaurant
- Victory Restaurant, Durga Restaurant
- Shree Leela Mahal Restaurant
- Food Plaza restaurant
- Tulip Restaurant
- Alankar bar & Restaurant
- Sweet Magic
- Annu Restaurant
- Seven day Restaurant
- Deepika restaurant
- Southern spice
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Please guys don't say that this is the best place. This is very very small place. 5rs ticket so you can imagine how bad maybe the place and maintenance would be. You can see whole place within in 5 - 10 minutes. Stinky smell of rocks. Boring place though its peaceful atmosphere.
Ticket price for indian citizen is 5 rupees only. This place is not that big. If you are a history buff then you would definitely love it. Good place to spend time with family. On the second floor there is a big sculpture of lord vishnu. There is no parking facility. No restaurant near by. Nature friendly place with a great aerial view.
Its a 7th centurys Art But later it is modified Its a great proof of our ancestors N big statue of lord Vishnu also there with fabulous carving.
At Undavalli, The Anantasayana, the diety of Lord Vishnu, in the three storyed rock cut temple,on the bank of river Krishna, situated on the Vijayawada Guntur highway, started in the early 6th and 7th century and was completed in about 16th century by different dynasties and kings. This architectural piece speaks of the continued patronage and sanctity attached to caves for over several centuries. Started by the Chalukyas and still have the similarities with those that are built by the Pallavas.
Mind blowing to watch vishnu god in th cave may no where find such a height three storage single rock sculptures every must watch