Another folklore mentions that one crore deities including Lord Shiva were travelling to Kashi (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh) and decided to rest overnight in the hills. He asked the deities to wake up and be ready to continue their trip by daybreak. But at daybreak, Shiva found himself to be the only one awake. In anger, He cursed all the other deities to turn into stones.
How to Reach and where to stay
Agartala, the capital of Tripura, has the nearest airport and is about 178 Km away. An airport at Kailashahar, used by the army, is being converted into a commercial airport under the government's Udaan project.
The nearest railway station is Kumarghat. All trains that are bound for Agartala, pass through Kumarghat. However, superfast trains like Tripura Rajdhani and Duronto do not halt at Kumarghat as they run non-stop from Silchar in Assam to Agartala. A train with more halts, such as the Lumding - Agartala passenger, is more useful.
If travelling by road from the direction of Assam / Mizoram, then Dharmanagar or Kumarghat, both about 40 Km from Unakoti, are good places to stay. Dharmanagar is a beautiful place surrounding an artificial lake, with several lodges that overlook the lake. If you are flying to Agartala, a 3-hour journey in each direction gets you to Unakoti and back. Kailashahar is another good place to stay, but the town is on the side of Unakoti which is away from the highway. It doesn't make sense to diverge so far off the highway just for accommodation.
Tripura's roads have been revamped and are in excellent condition throughout the state. But the immediate area around Unakoti has no facilities, so take care of fuel and food inside the cities themselves, e.g. Agartala, Dharmanagar, Kailashahar or Kumarghat. The highway between Dharmanagar and Agartala, which leads to the road that faces the Unakoti entrance, has rolling hills and tropical forests. So it is a pleasure to drive.
Unakoti is open from sunrise to sunset. If you are planning a day trip and back, the best time to get there is as early as possible before the tourist crowd hits.
It's not often that you see a depiction of deities in tribal form as huge bas reliefs on huge rock faces. So even though Unakoti is too far from the most important cities of India, it is well worth the visit. Don't miss this unique man-made wonder of ancient India.
Blog post: Unakoti Heritage Site | Unakoti District Website | India
Blog post: Unakoti Tripura | Things to do in Unakoti – Tourism of India
Blog post: Why The Forested Wonder of Unakoti Is Tripura’s Best Kept Travel Secret
You can also read this article on India 360 blog, where we, a couple from Mumbai, document our all India trip during 2017-18.