Undavalli Caves

Not very far from the centre of the city are Undavalli Caves, located in the Guntur district. The caves have been cut from the northern slope of a hill and have three levels. This cave complex is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and  the earliest caves date back to around the 6th century CE. Although a few elements inside the caves, such as the pillared halls, show Buddhist or Jain influences, the sculptures are dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The principal deity in the caves is Anantasayana Vishnu (Vishnu in a reclining position).

History

Inscriptions inside the cave complex also date to the time of the Reddys of Kondavidu and Sri Krishna-devaraya from the 12th to 14th centuries CE,indicating a prolonged patronage of most caves is incomplete, with only two cells.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is Vijayawada which is 40 KM away.

Vijayawada Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

There are several state-run buses to reach Vijayawada and Guntur. You can take local transport or private buses to reach Undavalli Caves from Vijayawada or Guntur.

Best time to visit

  1. jan

  2. feb

  3. mar

  4. apr

  5. may

  6. jun

  7. jul

  8. aug

  9. sep

  10. oct

  11. nov

  12. dec

Best time to visit is from January to December.

Timings: 9.00 AM To 6.00 PM

Highlights

Pedakakani: This village is famous for the Kakani Malleswara Swamy Temple, which was constructed during the rule of the Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya. 

Chebrole: It is said that there were around 1,000 temples in Chebrole long ago. Once you reach Chebrole, the possibility of the same doesn't seem unlikely as you will be able to see a temple in every direction you look.

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary: Migratory birds from various countries such as Serbia and Australia flock to the Uppalapadu

Mahachaitya: Amaravati Mahachaitya is one of the most prominent sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in south India

Mangalagiri: Located in the Guntur district, Mangalagiri is a town synonymous with the gorgeous sari of the same name that is made here.

Amareswara Swamy Temple: The temple in Amaravati, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the pancharama kshetras in Andhrapradesh.

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