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Undavalli, Tadepalle Mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

how to reach undavalli caves

The caves are located 6 km south-west from Vijayawada, 22 km north-east of Guntur City and about 280 km from Hyderabad. It lies near the southern bank of the Krishna River. One has to hire taxi to reach here.

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about undavalli caves

Undavalli Caves are ancient caves built in the 4-5 CE and are the finest example of rock-cut architecture. The best one is the rock-cut temple which is a 4-storeyed building. It is about 29 m long and 16 m wide. It has a huge statue of Vishnu in a reclining posture that has been sculpted from a single block of granite. The rock-cut temple was originally a Jain cave. The first floor of the caves still looks like a Jain abode and includes Buddhist artwork. On the first floor, the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh is depicted through three different shrines, each having pillared hall in the front. The caves are associated with the Jain kings of 420-620 CE. The main cave looks like primitive rock-cut monasteries carved into the sandstone hills of the area. The caves are surrounded by lush green surroundings and from above the caves, one can witness many fine specimens of rock cut architecture.  Some of the sculptural specimens were attributed to the Chalukyan period.


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