Unakoti Rock Carvings

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    Location: Uttar Unakoti, Tripura, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 hour

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    Dating back to the 7th – 9th centuries if not earlier, it is the ‘Shaiba’ (Saivite) pilgrimage.  With their primitive beauty, the marvelous rock carvings, murals, and waterfalls are not to be missed. The meaning of Unakoti is one less than a crore and it is believed that there are available rock-cut carvings here.


    People Spending time in Unakoti Rock CarvingsWith green vegetation all around which adds to the beauty of the carvings, these carvings are located in a beautifully landscaped forest area. Every year, in the month of April, a big fair popularly known as ‘Ashokastami Mela’ is held which is visited by thousands of pilgrims.


    Historical Place in Unakoti Rock CarvingsAccording to Hindu mythology,  Lord Shiva made a night halt at this location, when he was going to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses. All the gods and goddesses were asked by Lord Shiva to wake up before sunrise and move forward for Kashi. It is said that no one else could get up in the morning except Shiva himself, so cursing the others to become stone images, Lord Shiva set out for Kashi himself. As a result, at Unakoti, we have less than a crore of stone images and carvings.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Two types of images were found at Unakoti-namely stone images and rock-carved figures . The central Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures, among the rock-cut carvings, deserve special mention. Known as ‘Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava’, which is the central Shiva head, including an embroidered head-dress, which itself is 10 feet high. There are two full-size female figures on each side of the headdress of the central Shiva, – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure. In the ground, three enormous images of Nandi Bull are found half buried in addition.  As well as rock cut images at Unakoti, there are various other stones.

    Opening Hours

    1. Saturday 8 AM–5 PM
    2. Sunday 8 AM–5 PM
    3. Monday  8 AM–5 PM
    4. Tuesday 8 AM–5 PM
    5. Wednesday 8 AM–5 PM
    6. Thursday 8 AM–5 PM
    7. Friday 8 AM–5 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    No entry fee is required.

    How to Reach

    By Air: In the state capital Agartala, The nearest airport to Kailashahar is Singerbhil. From the airport, there are direct buses and taxis available to reach Kailashahar. The airport at Agartala is well connected to the other cities of the country. A tourist can easily reach his desired place using cabs or taxis.

    By Rail: As trains don’t reach Kailashahar, Kumarghat is the nearest railway station. Kumarghat is 27 kilometers away from Kailashahar and it takes about 50 minutes by road. Some trains pass Kumarghat which connects one to the rest of the country. You can take taxis or cabs to reach your desired place.

    By Road: Kailashahar is connected to the rest of the country through National Highway 44. It is directly connected to the capital, Agartala. Many means of transpiration can be used to reach Kailashahar. Some of the common ways of traveling are State transport buses and private taxis. A tourist can take taxis or cabs to reach his desired place.

    Tips for Travellers

    You must keep your snacks and water bottle with you. Be polite and don’t do any kind of activities which may disturb other visitors.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: yes, photography is allowed here, in fact, the best place for aesthetic photographers.

    Que-03: What is the best time to visit the place?

    Ans: you can visit the place anytime throughout the year.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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