Udayagiri Caves are located on picturesque hills very close to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack district. Udayagiri has got 18 caves in total and they are kept under high protection by Archeological Survey of India. These caves are unique masterpieces of ancient architecture, which were built by King Kharavela for residential purposes of the Jain monks. It has to be noted that the Udayagiri Caves date back to 2nd century BC. Magnificently carved and very vividly sculpted, these caves are a center of attraction for many Buddhist tourists.
A series of Buddhist monasteries and stupas that were recently excavated are seen here. Hordes of Buddhist tourists flock to this place. Of all the caves, Ranigumpha, Hathigumpha and Ganesagumpha are heavily sculptured and the inscriptions found here unveil several ancient historical facts belonging to the reign of Kharavela. One can find several beautiful sculptures in the other caves as well. Khandagiri caves present adjacent to the Udayagiri caves make the place worth visiting. These caves remain open for visiting from 8 am to 6 pm.