Little Known Facts About Undavalli Caves Petroglyphs

Undavalli Caves are a group of  monolithic rock cut cave Hindu temples and monuments. Carvings  and Sculptures of Hindu deities and traditions are the main attraction of the caves, along with a huge Lord Vishnu statue. These caves are situated in Guntur district,  Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Undavalli Caves

You will be spellbound on seeing these magnificent rock-cut architecture, which are among the best ones anywhere in the world.   Dedicated to Lord Narashimha and Anantha Padmanadha, the current petroglyphs are associated with Vishnukundi kings, who reigned between 420-620 A.D.

The largest cave is a four story cave measuring 29 meters long and 16 meters wide. It is the best one among the caves here. It has a sculpture of Lord Vishnu, in a reclining posture, made of a single block of granite.

Indian rock-cut architecture finds one of its best forms, here at this magnificent cave temples. These caves are protected monuments of national importance.

Before these caves were converted into Hindu temples, Buddhist monks used these caves as Buddhist Bhikkhu Monastery. Remains Buddhist artifacts can be seen in some of these caves.

Even before that, these caves were believed to be  Jain cave temples.  These caves resembles the architecture of Udayagiri and Khandgiri rock-cut temples.  The first floor of the four story cave temple still retains the Jain style.  It exhibits Jain monastics.  Tirthankara (Jain savior) sculptures can be seen in this cave.

How Do I Go to Undavalli Caves?

Undavalli  caves route map can be accessed by clicking the above google map.

Undavalli village is situated on the southern banks of Krishna River. It is at around 34 kilometers from the state capital,  Amaravathi. Vijayawada – Amaravati road passes through Undavalli.

The nearest railway station is Vijayawada Junction railway station, at around 11 kilometers away. Railway Station code for this station is BZA.

NTR Amaravati International Airport at Vijayawada is the nearest airport to these magnificent caves.

Vijayawada and Guntur cities are at around 6 and 22 kilometers distance respectively.

14 Responses

  1. Penny Protopapa says:

    Wow!!! I didn’t know at all about this!!! Now it’s on my bucket list!!!! thanks for sharing!

  2. Allyson says:

    Wow! how cool looking! So much history!

  3. Very cool! It looks incredible, I’d love to see some more photos!

  4. Lance says:

    I had no idea that these caves and petroglyphs existed. It looks like a fantastic spot to learn a little history and marvel at the artwork of the caves. You’ve given my family a new place to visit!

  5. The rock cut architecture is superb. It’s hard to believe that this is over 2000 years old. I would love to see petroglyphs.

  6. Nic says:

    This is such a historic place to see, I had no idea it even existed! It reminds me of some of the Hindu temples in Bali.

  7. Edith says:

    We will be in India hopefully within the next couple months and these caves would be great for us to explore! They seem to contain a lot of interesting history between the time they changed from a Hindu Temple to now. Reminds me a bit of Batu Caves in Malaysia.

  8. Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this! Rock-cut architecture is so fascinating, it must have taken them so long back in the day. I’d love to visit India next year thanks for sharing 🙂

    • touristi says:

      I agree with you Edelson. It must have taken many many years to create something like this. India has many such fascinating places and you will enjoy these places for sure.

  9. Samantha says:

    I have never heard of these, but from the pictures it looks like a very beautiful and unique place. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Very cool! Looking forward to visiting India one day and checking out these beautiful caves.

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