Undavalli CavesCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Near Prakasam barrage, District- Guntur, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 5 INR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Cave, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
Undavalli Caves - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Undavalli Caves
95% of people who visit Vijayawada include Undavalli Caves in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
47.74% of people start their Undavalli Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Undavalli Caves
93.02% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Undavalli Caves
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It is a historic place importance too by presence of the statue of Lord Vishnu. The place is very peaceful. The place where one can visit with friends and family. The most attraction of the place is the caves which was built by ancient buddhist monks. Feels we are in front of real God. The architect of the wall of the caves are realistic. Lovely area with full of good greenery.
The place is significant as one of most ancient caves in India, quite reminiscent of Anjanta and Elora caves . . But no sincere effort has been done by the authorities there to preserve r renovate it, except a beautiful lawn and garden outside. Whoever visits Vijayawada, should not miss it.. i spent nearly 30 minutes there in between a train onward journey..😊😊
Undavalli caves are very ancient and they are cut from the hill they are on.The idols and other sculptures have stood the test of time and have lots of history attached. The rock-cut architecture has a wonderful artistic look. A huge reclining statue of Lord Vishnu in black granite on the second floor is the main attraction.There are four floors and most of the layout is reminiscent of Buddhist art. The view from above is a feast for the eyes with the greenery and the mighty Krishna flowing in the backdrop. Take a picnic basket and enjoy the day on the vast green landscaped lawns.
Undavalli caves are a good place to visit in Undavalli near Vijayawada... The place is good... But not enough restoration has been done... The stairs are as old as the temple and have eroded making them steep and difficult to climb... However, it is a good place to be visited as there is a lot of scenic beauty...
Had great experience of visiting these caves.Reminds of how well we Indians were at Rock cutting architecture..Nice place to hangout on weekends with family.if you don't have own vehicle it's better to take rickshaw to and fro.there is park where u can relax..One ice cream parlor is on opposite side of the caves.