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Udayagiri - Land Of Buddhist Pilgrimage


Udayagiri is a perfect example of architectural masterpiece in India. In fact, one can correctly define it as a unique blend of natural bliss and human architecture. The place is of huge architectural and historical importance owing to the Buddhist monasteries, stupas and ruins of Jain architecture that have been excavated here.

Udayagiri, commonly known as Sunrise Hills, is located 85 km from Bhubaneswar and attracts a large number of tourists to witness the extensive sculpture and inscriptions, that are carved out inside the 18 caves present in the site. Several inscriptions found here reveal that these caves were made by cutting rocks of the hills for residential purposes for the Jain monks during the reign of Kharavela.

Tourist Places In And Around Udayagiri

Udayagiri consists of 18 caves in total, known as Udayagiri caves. Adjacent to Udayagiri, another hill called Khandagiri has 15 caves. Both Udayagiri and Khandagiri ascertain a prominent pedestal of pride for the Udayagiri tourism. Along with these two hills, the Langudi Hill, Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri are also famous for their Buddhist sites. Among these, Lalitgiri consists of relics of Gautama Buddha. These places of attraction add value for money for the Udayagiri tourism.

Udayagiri Weather

The weather at Udayagiri is divided into summer, monsoon and winter. Summers are usually hot and humid, while winters get chilly.

How To Reach Udayagiri

Udayagiri is a heritage site for not only Odisha, but also for the entire country. So commuting to this place is not a problem at all. Due to its close proximity to Bhubaneswar, tourist can travel through air, rail or road, though Cuttack is the nearest railhead. Udayagiri tourism gains a heavy influx from October to March when the weather remains cool and charming.

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How to Reach Udayagiri

  • By Road
    Tourists can board a bus from anywhere in Odisha and reach Krushnadaspur which is a bus stop for Udayagiri and Ratnagiri. Buses available here are all deluxe and semi-delux ones. Therefore tourists can board any kind of bus according to their convenience. From here, taxis, autorickshaws or cycle rickhaws can be taken to the desired attraction.
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  • By Train
    Nearest railhead to Udayagiri is Cuttack Railway Station which is around 258 km. This station is one of the major rail junctions of the state and hence connected to all major cities of Odisha. Keeping in mind the heavy influx of tourists in Udayagiri, it has been well equipped with bus and taxi services.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Udayagiri is the airport at Bhubaneswar, the Biju Patnaik International Airport, located at a distance of around 100 km. This airport is connected to all the domestic airports of the country. It also has connectivity to foreign countries as well. From Bhubaneswar, anyone can board a bus or taxi to reach Udayagiri.
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