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Review of Undavalli Caves

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Rock-cut cave temple Undavalli near Vijaywada is a tribute to the ingenuity of man and gives us a peep onto what he is capable of achieving even when faced by insurmountable hurdles. It is a four -storey monument that started taking shape sometime in 6-7 century A D. Because of being under royal patronage till 16th century A D, its upkeep is quite impressive and makes one wonder how architectural marvels can remain inviting even to the ordinary tourists. First floor houses Trinity and the second floor is the domain oe Anantasayana. Lord Vishnu resides on the third floor and the unfinished top floor was leaves us guessing. The location is wonderful and has a commanding view of the surroundings. The view from the top is really great and walking through the different floors gives an ethereal feeling. It takes us back into the passage of time and the figures cut in stone are mind-blowing. A bird sanctuary close by is another added attraction. Surrounded by a lake from all the sides it provides a great view of birds clustered on a rock. The innumerable white birds perched on the green foliage look enchanting.

Visited December 2012
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Vijayawada, India
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“must visit in vijayawada”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

it houses one gigantic idol of lord padmanabha, and people will be surprised to find such magficiant piece in such a secluded place, the view is also good

Visited January 2013
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Hyderabad, India
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“small place but very good experience”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

the buddhist background described was reallyinformative. the temple inside was very lovely and our family had a great experience. the tickets too were very economical.

Visited October 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Unfinished Sandstone Caves”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Open from 9 to 5 (December to March), and 9 to 6 during the other months, these caves are about 6 to 7 kilometres from the city of Vijaywada. Archaeologists date them to the 4th or 5th century A.D. The scultptural style is said to be Chalukyan in certain areas, and from the Gupta period in certain others.

The caves seem to have started out as monastic cells, and then had Hindu temple elements incorporated. There is said to be a statue of a reclining Vishnu there, and if you trawl the net you will see several photos of the unique sculpture, but for the life of me I cannot recollect seeing this. Neither do I seem to have taken any photographs of this unusual statue. I must remedy this if I visit Vijaywada again.

Many niches have been enclosed in chicken mesh even though they do not contain any sculpture at all. There is nobody to explain this to you. In fact, the man at the gate actually told us that there was nothing worth seeing, and then warned us about snakes in the caves. I really wish there had been more information posted at the caves at each level, and beside the statues. When I stepped off the lawn to photograph a small blue board with general information posted by the ASI, the man at the gate came running to warn me of scorpions! If he had been given some training and knowledge about the site, I'm sure he would have looked forward to educating visitors about the place.

In spite of this, I enjoyed the caves. My cabbie pointed out an enclosed tunnel which he said led to the fort a few kilometres away. Scrambling up and down the different levels gave you many mysterious views of unfinished sculptures, and the lack of information allowed you to exercise your imagination.

The grounds below are perfect for a picnic, provided you don't plan something for when it's very sunny, which is most of the time in Vijaywada. Lots of space for children to run about. I'd also call the place wonderful for those who like to sketch and paint. From up above in the caves, there are beautiful views of the fields and the countryside. Of course there are the statues too that could be painted in your sketchbook. Sitting on the lawns, you could paint the rock-cut caves themselves.

Really worth a visit, despite half the locals not even knowing of their existence.

Visited September 2012
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“Must see sculptured caves near Vijayawada”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

This great architectural site is dated to 5th century with excellent Jain and Hindu sculptures. The entry is off a country road, south of the Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada. Well maintained grounds and clean caves. Highlight is a reclining Vishnu statue on the second level.

Visited February 2012
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