Nestled between the foothills of two mountains ranges of the Eastern Ghats, Udaygiri is the biggest and most picturesque site of the triad.However, it is also the least excavated site amongst the triad and is often confused with the more prominent Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves of Bhubaneswar.
The excavations were first started in 1985 and carried on intermittently till 1990. Still a large part of the site remains to be excavated. The monastery divided into two parts-the Madhavpura Mahavihar and the Simhaprastha Mahavihar. The Madhavpura Mahavihar has a massive Mahastupa (Main Stupa) along with Chaitygriha’s (prayer hall), Votive Stupa’s (stupas erected on fulfillment of a wish), Commemorative Stupa’ (erected in memory of a monk with his relics).
The Simhaprastha Mahavihar houses the ruins of the monasteries and the meditation chambers and beautifully carved statues. The lion statue with the hill at the backdrop is a photographer’s delight along with that of Avalokitesvara.
The important aspect of this site is the fact that unlike Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri there are no sculptures or scriptures found so far at this site which link it to Vajrayana tantric cult.
What adds to the beauty of the place is the presence of beautiful native species of birds that flock the area in abundance, right from the entry point to the Mahavihar.
See to Believe
Below is a visual treat of Udaygiri. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!
Trails Covering Udaygiri
Like what you see? Looking to have a well-rounded experience in Odisha? Presenting a list of some curated, pre-packaged tours covering some of the most coveted destinations in Odisha. Browse and see details of the trail/package which interests you the most. Reach out to the Department of Tourism (DoT) recognized travel agents, who are here to provide you with some memorable experiences and moments.
OTDC organises conducted tours www.panthanivas.com to Buddhist Diamond Triangle alternately you can book your own cab or drive down.
So, why is Odisha touted as incredible India's Best Kept Secret? What is it about the places, people, landscape, art, culture and history that is so enthralling? What makes Odisha the land of cathartic spiritual experiences, intricate art and immortal architecture regaling timeless tales, beaches, cuisines, landscapes and wildlife? Read through the travelogues, journeys and experiences of many travel enthusiasts who have traversed and fallen in love with the land of Odisha!
Jajpur has branches of all the major banks & ATM’s.
Though Jajpur has hotels and lodges, alternately one can stay at Bhubaneswar has hotels and lodges catering to all segments of tourists. Check out the list of Accredited hotels.
Where to Shop
Bhubaneswar offers a lot of options for people to collect souvenirs. The Boyanika at Market building, AG Square, Utkalika at the Market Building Ashok Nagar & Ekamra Haat at Madhusudan Marg are good options.
Wish to make the best of your trip to Udaygiri ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Udaygiri.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Udaygiri in a matter of hours. We have found 10 such places close to Udaygiri that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!
There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation
Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!