Unakoti: Tripura Heritage Site

Unakoti is a former princely state that was the territory of the Manikya dynasty. It also served as an independent administrative unit under the rule of the Maharaja during the British Colonial rule in India. It features many natural attractions and rock-cut structures which draw tourists from near and far. The name Unakoti means one short of one crore and it is derived from local folktales. It is said that one crore gods and goddesses were on their way to Kashi and stopped in Unakoti for the night. Shiva asked all the gods and goddesses to be awake by sunrise and continue the journey.

But by morning only Lord Shiva was awake while the rest of the gods were blissfully asleep. Angered by their behaviour, it is said that Lord Shiva cursed the group to become stone figures.

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What is it famous for? Why visit Unakoti?

Unakoti is famous for a number of rock-cut carvings of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The Shiva carving is known as “Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava” and stands at a height of over 30 feet. It is embroidered with a headdress which in itself is over 10 feet high. The rock carving of Shiva is flanked by two goddesses namely Durga and another female deity. In addition, there are three large figures of the Nandi bull which are present in close proximity to the Shiva carving. Along with these, there are many other rock carvings at Unakoti. Tripura is also famous for a popular fair called “Ashokastami Mela”, held during the month of April every year that draws thousands of local and travelling pilgrims.

Unakoti Caves exude a divine aura that permeates the atmosphere and gives visitors a sense of belonging. Its many rock carvings, lush forests and other natural attractions make it one of the must-visit attractions in Tripura. The distance between Unakoti and Agartala is about 198 km and it has an average travel time of 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Best Time to visit Unakoti

The best time of year to visit Unakoti would be between the months of October and April. Guests who visit the Unakoti Caves during the monsoon season can experience nature’s beauty to the fullest. If you are looking to enjoy the Ashokastami Mela, then the absolute best time to visit it would be during the month of April. You could also visit this place during the month of January when a smaller festival takes place.

Guests who are looking to explore this unique blend of culture and natural beauty at Unakoti can stay at Hotel Polo Agartala. This is a 5-star hotel in Agartala that is ideal for both solo travellers and families. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel soon!

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