Karla Caves, Lonavala

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Marvel at the astonishing Buddhist cave shrines built into the rocky hillside at Karla Caves. Head inside the shrines, constructed between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE, to discover inscriptions, art, and stupas (dome-shaped structure used as shrines). Witness incredible examples of ancient Buddhist architecture and culture displayed within the caves. The complex contains a Buddhist monastery, which once had two 15 m (49 ft) long pillars, of which only one now remains. Inside the main cave, discover a huge 45 m (148 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) high "chaitya" hall, carved from stone and one of the largest of its kind in India. Regular maintenance work often causes parts of the protected monument to close to the public. Using our online itinerary creator, Lonavala attractions like Karla Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Went to Karla Caves with friends. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to climb the stairs and it is worth the effort. The lovely rock carvings is worth every drop of sweat. The place is reasonably clean a...  more »
  • I was traveling first time with my kid to karla caves. But was a bit disappointed with the maintenance.  more »
  • These caves are carved by hand out of solid rock. They are amazing, how this type of work could be done by hand thousands of years ago are unfathomable. The trip up from parking is also very interesti...  more »
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  • Very beautiful caves, amazing how in the times when they lacked technology or heavy equipments they carried out such exquisite carving of both stones and wood. The wooden work still holds well thanks to the architecture that ensures sunlight is able to reach all the wooden panels inside the cave and keep the wood dry. This is the key to longevity of the wooden structure inside
  • A good at work of Indian history. Displays Buddhist culture from 8th century. You have proper well maintained stairs to climb, and the height is within the capacity to climb for a average middle aged person. Best time to visit is during rainy season, between July to August. But yes it still looks great in winners as well. In rain showers, there are multiple small water falls around the hill which adds to the serenity of the place. Summer visits are not recommended due to chances of sun stroke.
  • Good place to visit with your friends and family. Caves are amazing and you will also get the chance to visit the ekvira devi temple located there only. To reach to the caves you have to climb the mountain, yes stairs are there 😜. There is no good facility of parking there and in peak hours you will certainly get struck in traffic. The road which leads to caves is very narrow and very sharp you turns are there as the road is build over a mountain, get a good driver with you 😛. The visit to temple is free and for visiting the caves you have to pay 15 rupees, for foreigner its 200.
  • It is definitely a place worth of visit. Its majestic scale, beauty and proportion puts forth admirable example of the ancient Buddhist rock cut cave temple. Almost touching it is a sacred temple of Hindu Goddess 'Ekvira Devi'. Now there is a car road to almost 2/3rd of height, so the number of steps climb is reduced. On the climb of steps there are number of shops, stalls selling all types of necessities like tea, colddrinks, eatables etc.
  • Good place for a small hangout. You can reach here by bike or car or by public transportation. Parking is available. Historical place. Awesome nature views.

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