Famous For: Kailashahar was an ancient capital of Tripuri Kingdom. It’s closely associated with Unakoti (known for centuries old stone and rock images). Unakoti which is famous for its stone and rock images has a strong connection with Kailashahar. However, here you can visit some interesting places. Such as –
Unakoti, Lakhi Narayan Bari, Tea Estates, Unokotiswara Kal Bhairava, Chouddo Devotar Mandir (Temple).
Major Attractions: There are very few places of interest to visit in Kailashahar, the names of which are mentioned above. If you want, you can spend your precious vacation time in a limited number of these places.
Ideal Visit Time: October to April are the best period to visit Kailashahar. Every year a big fair popularly known as “Ashokastami Mela” is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims. Another smaller festival takes place in January.
Kailashahar is a municipal council city & the headquarters of the Unakoti district in the Indian state of Tripura. Kailasahar is not a prosperous area. It is mainly populated by Bengalis, Meitei Manipuri, Darlong, Muslims and Bishnupriya Manipuris, bishnupuriya. It is a well liked tourist town near Agartala. It is a city that derives a large part of its identity from a regal and significant past. Royal historical landmarks can still be seen around the city. Kailashahar is not only famous for its temples, it is also well known as a popular trekking destination. You can also see about 16 tea-estates here. Other attractions in the area include Unakoti, Rangauti, temples of 14 gods and goddesses and many more.
Let’s talk about those places below where you can spend your quality time:
Unakoti is a 7th century historical site, famous for its waterfalls and a few stone carvings, rock carvings and murals. The word unakoti means ‘less than one crore taka’. Unakoti is a place of pilgrimage for Shaivas. According to Hindu mythology, on the way to Kashi, Lord Shiva and the ‘Unakoti’ deities spent one night here. It is said that when Lord Shiva tried to wake them before dawn, they failed to get up and cursed the stone. Therefore, the place consists of less than one crore stone carvings or images. The most prominent of the rock carvings are the image of the great Ganesha and the head of the central Shiva. The height of the head of Shiva known as ‘Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava’ is about 30 feet & is inclusive of a head-dress that is of a height of 10 ft.
On one side of the head-dress, there is a full-size figure of Goddess Durga standing on a lion and on the other side; there is a female figure. Also, three images of Nandi Bull are found to be half buried in the ground. Here is a picture of a landscaped forest area carved. Also of special interest is the fair called “Ashokastami Mela” held here in April every year to attract thousands of pilgrims.
Lakhi Narayan Bari (Temple)
This temple is the only temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was founded by Krishnananda Sevayet and it plays a valuable role as an ancient monument. It is a very sacred place for the devotees of Lord Krishna. This temple is the destination of thousands of devotees in the hope of gaining inner satisfaction through spiritual pursuits or devotion.
Traditionally grown tea can be seen on these tea estates along with organic tea. These plantations date back to 1916. The beauty and taste of tea-estate is not something to be expressed in words or deeds. It’s a thing to watch and enjoy live. So, you must come here to enjoy the beauty and taste of this historic tea-estates. In fact, your vacation will not be in vain.
Unokotiswara Kal Bhairava
The central Shiva head is a rock cut carving of a height of 30 feet, including a headdress of 10 feet. A female figure and Goddess Durga are seen on the headdress. This carving is part of the multiple carvings and sculptures on the hill.
Chouddo Devotar Mandir (Temple)
The ‘Chouddo Devotar Mandir’ or 14 deities’ temple is situated at a distance of about 14 km from the city of Agartala. According to legends, Maharaja Manikya dreamt that an idol of Tripura Sundari should be installed by means of shifting the idol from where he found it. The temple is dedicated to Ama or the mother of the people of Tripura, also known as Tripuri. The temple is located on a small turtle-shaped hill and has entrances from the north and west. The roof of the temple consists of four diagonal ‘Chhaar Chaalas’ which have a lotus-shaped structure in the middle and look like a Buddhist stupa. Kalyansagar Lake is located on the east side of the temple. A popular festival called “Kharchi Utsav” is celebrated in the premises of this temple. On this occasion, thousands of devotees gather at the temple, who also come to worship the deity or to walk around with the worship.
The temple also has another idol that is known as the Chandi or Chotto Ma. An image of Lord Vishnu is enshrines this temple in the form of a black geode. Only in this place, the worshipping of Devi Shakti and Vishnu is found, which conjoins the Shakta and the Vaishnav culture. In the earlier days, it was considered to be one of the ‘Peethas’ and was accessible by boat, foot, elephant or palanquin.
How To Reach
By Road: Kailashahar is well-connected with many other local cities. You can reach Kailashahar easily through road as there are some buses available from nearby towns. Buses ply from towns like Shillong, Aizawl, Silchar, Unakoti, etc. on a regular basis. There are deluxe Volvo buses and state buses as well which connect Guwahati to Kailashahar.
By Train: Kailashahar has no any railway station of its own. The nearest station is Kumarghat. Many trains (about 35) from various cities of the country get connected to Kumarghat. This station is just 27 km away from the town. Another closest & small railway station is Dharamnagar, which is 15 km away from Kailashahar. There are approximate 14 trains which are connected to the station here. After reaching here, you can easily hire taxior cab to reach your preferred destination.
[N.B. The major stations nearby are Lumding and Kamakhya which are approximately 196 km and 206 km away from the destination.]
By Air: Basically, Kailashahar had an airport, but due to some inconvenience, it had to shut down in the year 1990. So, there has no any airport of its own now. However, there are airports nearby, making connectivity through the air much easier. Khowai Airport is just 50 km away from Kailashahar. Flights like Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, etc. do operate here. Apart from this airport, Aizawl airport is around 102 km away. The flight connectivity from different cities to here is much better. From these two airport, you can easily get taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.