Undavalli Caves (Four Storeyed Rock-Cut Hindu Temples), Vijaywada
The four-storeyed temple complex at Undavalli is actually a magnificent cave structure! Built by the Vishwakudina dynasty in around 420 - 620 AD, it's quite a work of engineering. It's also a beautiful symbol of diversity, with different faiths all in the same space. Initially, it was used as a Buddhist monastery, and later the caves were lived in by Jain monks. Finally, the complex acquired a Hindu temple look under the reign of the Vishwakudina dynasty.
Things to see
- The 5-metre long statue of a reclining Vishnu carved out of a single granite block!
- The faces sculpted into the entrance of the caves!
- The pillars into which scenes from the Ramayana are carved.
- Don't miss out on the frequent elephant and lion motifs!
How to get there?
- You can take a cab from Vijayawada Airport, which is the nearest airport to the site.
- If you are commuting by train, you can get down at the Vijayawada Junction railway station which is just 7 km away from the caves.
- You can also take buses to the Undavalli Bus Stop, which is about 30 mins away from the caves.
Four Storeyed Rock-Cut Hindu Temples
Undavalli Caves (Four Storeyed Rock-Cut Hindu Temples), Vijaywada, Penumaka - Vijayawada Road, Undavalli, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, 522501