4. Four Storeyed Rock-cut Hindu Temple, Undavalli
Undavalli CavesOne of the fine examples of Gupta Architecture, the first glance at Undavalli caves left me in awe because of its design. Carved out of solid sandstone on a hillside, this Indian monolithic architecture is build during the 4th and 5th century, originally believed to be Jain caves.
This set of rock cut cave temples and monuments located in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh are four story caves set in the hills. There are numerous sculptures and carvings of Hindu deities and traditions and also a huge Vishnu statue. These caves are one of the finest examples of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture.Entry fee: ₹5Opening hours: 9 am to 5.30 pmBest time to visit: October – FebruaryNearest railway station: Vijayawada Railway Station is the nearest railway station, around 11 km away.
Fishing and boating and other water sports, make this place hard to miss for any travelers in the region. Besides, another few kilometers away stand the testimony of time in the eroded walls and small crevices of the Undavalli cave. Better known for weekend adventurers from Guntur and Vijaywada region, these caves not only make for a great quest, but also stand to be a great example of some marvelous rock-cut architecture from India’s cultural past.