I have heard and read a lot about Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada and it was my first priority much before I started the journey. History was my favorite subject in school and any place which displays historical and cultural excellence always fascinates me. After freshening up a little at the Vijayawada waiting room, I called my mom to inform her about our safe arrival. We had complimentary breakfast with an array of spicy Andhra dishes from the refreshment room at the Vijayawada station. The kids stuffed themselves sufficiently to make sure that they don’t feel low with the adventures ahead. The staff members at the refreshment room were kind and educated us about the most convenient and secure way to reach the caves.
Undavalli Caves are located 6 km far from the city of Vijayawada and it doesn’t take much time to reach there. My first remarks to myself after reaching the caves were, ‘splendid’. The caves are open to public all days of the week and the entry fee is meekly Rs.5. The caves have been imprinted out of sandstone in somewhat between 4th to 5th century and are associated to the Vishnukundina kings, who ruled from 420 to 620 AD. The Krishna River flows near to the caves and is surrounded by green countryside.
Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada is an impressive four-storied, rock-cut temple displaying magnificent ancient Indian architecture. It is a group of 64 spectacular caves made up of black rock. The ground floor is an unfinished pillared wall, while the first storey houses the Trinity of Hindu gods, The Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The second floor is dedicated to Lord Anantasavana Vishnu and the top floor consists of an unfinished shrine. The best piece of architecture is a mammoth statue of Lord Vishnu in a reclining position carved from a single piece of granite. The compound also has a few small gardens adding to its beauty. I couldn’t wait any longer and took some snaps of this ancient and beautiful monument in my camera. I experienced bliss while in the cave compound and admired the beauty of craftsmanship. Time flew and we decided to leave the caves half heartedly to our next destination, the Amaravati Museum in Vijayawada.