Khandagir & Udayagiri
The Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves relive the memories of Kalinga Empire under the Jain emperor Kharvela. There are about 40 rock cut cave adoring the two hills separated by a road. It is believed that the founder of Jain faith, Mahavir had visited Udayagiri and khandagiri in the 6th Century B.C. Modern scholars are found in Rani and Hati Gumpha in theUdayagiti with description of the culture of dance in Orissa as far before as the 2nd century B.C. Modern scholars are of the opinion that the Udayagiri cave complex was also a theatre complex. Emperor Kharvela was a staunch and a great patron of culture. It is possible that he had created the caves for use of Jain ascetics as well as for cultural shows.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhuwaneswar, which is 3 km away. Well connected by rail to all major tour destinations of the country.
Nearest Railway Station is at Master Canteen Square,Bhubaneswar which is about 5 km
Bhubaneswar is on the National Highway linking Kolkata 480 km to Chennai 1225 km. There are many Taxis and Autos available at the nearest bus stop at Baramundra which is only 1 K.m away.