Undavalli Caves

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A short drive away from Guntur and Vijayawada are the Undavalli caves, a striking specimen of Indian rock-cut architecture. The historic caves are located at the top of the high hills overlooking the Krishna River. Built during the 4th-5th century, their structure suggests that they were hewn out of solid rock on the hillside. Dedicated to Anantapadmanabha Swamy and Narasimha Swamy, Undavalli Cave Temples are associated with the Vishnukundina kings. It is also believed that Buddhist monks used these caves as rest houses. A remarkable 5 metre long figure of Vishnu reclining on the serpent couch - Anantasayi is the focal point of the second storey of the Caves. The sculptures are testimony to the dexterity and skill of the artisans of the ancient times. The caves are located 6 km south west from Vijayawada(7 from RTC Bus stand, Vijayawada), 22 km north east of Guntur City and about 280 km from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
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