Udayagiri and Khandagiri is one of famous rock cut sculptures have been excavated from the hills located at the outskirts of the city of Bhubaneswar. It was in the year 1825 that archaeologist A Stirling for the first time took notice of these rock-cut caves on these hills of Odisha. The Udayagiri and Khandagiri Hills were previously known as the Cuttack Hills and are designated as conservational historical sites by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
According to many archaeologists, there are about 180 caves in the two hills out of which only 18 caves in Udayagiri and 15 caves in Khandagiri have been functionally excavated and preserved. According to the inscription, the Kumari hills were cut under the instructions of the Kharavela Kings of the 2nd century BCE from Odisha region. The inscription is in Lena scripture stating the Jainism origin of the art and sculptures. The hill caves are very astutely and very decoratively sculpted out to present some of the most exquisite structure which often takes the onlookers breath away.
The famous caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are the Hathi Gumpha, the Ananta Gumpha, Ganesh Gumpha, Rani Gumpha and many more. Located near the city of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha makes it a must visit historical tourist spot for the travellers. The place is an easy reach and the view of the sunrise along with the topography of the land is just mesmerising. Udayagiri & Khandagiri are one of the best tourism destinations in whole of Odisha.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves can be visit between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
5 INR for Indians, 100 INR for foreigners, childrens below 15 yrs is free of cost
25 INR for Video Camera