Undavalli CavesCurrently Closed
- 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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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.
Close to Vijayawada, worth visiting this three level cave dwelling for its exquisite structures. Many of the statues are in intact state. Be careful with monkeys who can get aggressive. With stopping here enroute to nearby destinations or even otherwise. There is a restaurant across the street which serves meals/snacks.
If you want to spend 2-3 hours of your waiting time at vijayawada, then visit this place. Very normal. No uniqueness. 3 floors. I hope nothing to know about history also. Just a stone moulded to few meters deep. Traveling is expensive then visit to reach this place.
If any one is interested to go for this place alone then plan for max 30 min stay here as there is not much to see. But the Vishnu idol lying on the seshnag looks one of a kind .
Caves are maintained clean. Can spend some time relaxing. Old telugu script on the wall. Good view from the cave.
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