Image Gallery of Undavalli Caves Vijayawada
Vijayawada is a major tourist destination attracting visitors from all over the country. Situated around 6 km south west from Vijayawada are the rock cut caves of architectural excellence known as Undavalli caves. Built during the 4th - 5th century, Undavalli caves are situated at the top of high hills overlooking the Krishna River. These caves are located in the Undavalli village, hence the name Undavalli caves. These caves are associated with Vishnu Kundina kings and are dedicated to Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temples. Undavalli caves are also believed to be the rest houses of Buddhist monks. An example of great architectural brilliance, Undavalli caves are one of the major attractions of Vijayawada.
There are a number of caves on the hill side but the best known and the largest ones have four storeys. The first floor shows that this was Buddhist monastery designed in the style of Buddhist vihara. Here there are three separate sanctuaries for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - The trimurtis in Hindu mythology. The first floor is also adorned with beautiful paintings depicting scenes from mythological stories. Second floor contains a huge 5 m statue of Lord Vishnu in reclining position and is the main attraction of these caves. This beautiful statue is sculpted out of a single block of granite. The third floor contains numerous sculptures including depictions of lions and elephants.
Undavalli caves are one of the most visited destination by locals as well as the tourists. The beautifully sculpted structures and the walls adorning sculptures carved magnificently by the skilled craftsmen attract each and everyone. The beautiful view of the green hills around the caves makes this place a major tourist attraction. Once at Vijayawada one cannot miss a trip to the Undavalli caves, an epitome of architectural brilliance.